Bryan Bartley has been named the new boys’ basketball coach at Montrose Christian. The school announced the hire Tuesday in a news release, bringing its two-month search to an end following the resignation of Stu Vetter in May after 14 seasons.
Bartley spent the last two years as athletic director and girls’ basketball coach at Hebron Christian Academy in Georgia. Before that, he served four years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Auburn University. Bartley, who played professionally overseas, began his coaching career at Landmark Christian School in Georgia, where he coached McDonald’s All-American Randolph Morris.
“Montrose Christian has two things that intrigued me — it’s Christian-based and then it’s the most national basketball program that I know of that had an opening,” Bartley said in a Wednesday phone interview. “Having coached at the college level, I believe we can develop kids so that they play with passion, know where their talent comes from and prepare them so when they go to college, they can hit the ground running.”
In taking over at Montrose Christian, Bartley will have his work cut out for him. Ishmail Wainright and Mark Williams, who led the Mustangs in scoring and to a 19-5 record last season, have graduated, while senior swingman Therence Mayimba and junior guard Justin Robinson announced their intentions to transfer following Vetter’s resignation.
Bartley said he plans to build on Montrose Christian’s strong basketball reputation and hopes to continue to compete against a national schedule of tough opponents.
“Coach Vetter did a great job and I know I have very large shoes to step into,” Bartley said. “It’s all a process. As a man of faith, I believe God will give us the kids and help provide the resources for us to put a good product on the floor and help them get to the finish line.”
In addition to his coaching duties, Bartley will serve as assistant principal and director of advancement at the Rockville-based school.