CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Bradley Central Girls’ basketball coach Head Coach Jason Reuter was named the Times Free Press Scrappy Moore Coach of the Year award winner on Tuesday evening at the annual Times Free Press Best of Preps awards banquet.
The Times Free Press select one winner from across all sports to receive the award. The award is usually given to a coach who has been able to lead their team to a state championship during the school year.
The award comes after Reuter and the Bearettes posted a 34-3 mark capped off with the TSSAA AAA state championship. The championship came to a surprise to everybody outside of the program as they lost the reigning Collegiate Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Year in Rhyne Howard to Kentucky. The Bearette coach then guided his team through a remarkable season where their only three losses came to 7A Georgia state champion Westlake, a final four team in the largest class in Colorado against Highlands Ranch at the Nike Tournament of Champions, and to region runner-up Stone Memorial on the road.
“To me, this is a team award. They may put my name on here… but I didn’t win this. My team and my assistant coaches, and everybody involved with the Bearette program, this is their award, I just had to be the head coach,” stated Reuter.
After losing to Stone Memorial on the road, Bradley then was able to wrap up the season on a 15-game win streak and ranked 25th in the MaxPreps National expert rankings posting an impressive win over Florida state champion Dillard, and knocking off last year’s AAA runner-up Houston in the state championship game on a three-pointer in the final seconds by senior forward Hannah Lombard.
“It’s very humbling. Everybody that was up here was a state champion. I didn’t dream of winning this award. I keep up with it, and I know it’s a state champion that always wins it so I’m just very humbled and wanted to reiterate that this is a reflection about the people around me, more than it is about me,” continued the nine-year leader.
Reuter has led the Bearettes the past nine seasons to a remarkable 267-32 (.893) record. The Kentucky native has won eight consecutive district regular season titles, nine consecutive district tournaments, eight of the last nine region titles, and has made five state tournament appearances which include three final fours and a championship.
Reuter concluded, “I am very blessed, and I will cherish this award forever.”
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