Brathol announces he will step down from EHS boys' hoops job againEllsworth High School Boys' Basketball Head Coach Cory Brathol announced this afternoon he will step down again from post.
Ellsworth High School Boys' Basketball Head Coach Cory Brathol announced this afternoon he will step down again from the post.
Brathol had been the head coach from 2006-2009 and again from 2010-12. His overall record was 49-60. Brathol cited family concerns and considerations as the reason for his departure, similar to that three years ago.
These past two season were the most successful of his tenure. Coaxed back into taking over the program again after a 2-21 season in 2010, Brathol led the Panthers to seasons of 12-10 and 14-9, the first back-to-back winning seasons Ellsworth has had in boys basketball since the late 1980s under long-time head coach Curt Dummermuth. Ellsworth also went 15-13 in the Middle Border Conference play as well, the most most success they've had in league play going back to the late 1990s. Ellsworth was also able to win its first playoff game since 2008 last week. Before, 2008, Ellsworth had gone winless in the regional tournament for nine years.
"The last two years have been exciting and fun and it was really good to see back-to-back winning seasons here at Ellsworth," Brathol wrote. "I believe the boys basketball program is set up to continue that path towards sustainable success and I'm proud of what we've started through a lot of hard work from the coaches at every level. I'm even more proud of the young men that have come through our program and set a great example on and off the court for the younger players to look up to and follow."
The season came to an end for Ellsworth in heartbreaking fashion as they lost in the regional semifinals at Westby 29-26 on a last-second shot.