Russell Takes The Helm of SHC Women’s Basketball

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory is pleased to announce the appointment of LyRyan Russell ’97 as our new head girls varsity basketball coach. Russell played professional basketball in Germany for six years where he coached and facilitated youth basketball programs. He returned to the US in 2009 and completed a master’s in school and college counseling from the University of San Francisco. Russell currently works at Stuart Hall as a part-time counselor along with coaching for the Mission Rec Rebels. "We are excited to have LyRyan return to his alma mater and are confident that he will continue the legacy of excellence of the SHC women’s basketball program," said Director of Athletics JoAnn Momono. After graduating from SHC, Russell went on to play basketball and earn a bachelor’s degree in sports physiology from USF.  He has worked as a coach, counselor and assistant athletic director at several schools and youth organizations around the Bay Area, including Stuart Hall, Wallenberg High School, Presidio Middle School, the NCBOA, AAU and C.A.R.E. As a professional basketball player in Germany, Russell averaged 17.3 points per game for his career and was a player coach for the 2008-2009 season. He also created outreach programs for children ages 5-14, developed and facilitated youth basketball camps and coaches a 19-and-under basketball team. Russell will take over the varsity basketball program that has won six of the last 12 WCAL championships, 12 of the last 13 CCS championships, and 11 Northern California, State and National titles in the last 15 years.

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