Hammil resigns as Milton boys basketball coach

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Brian Hammil has resigned as boys basketball coach at Milton High School.

The 44-year-old Hammil, a 1983 Milton graduate, said the decision was tough but the right thing to do.

“I hate to say the same thing that Bob Suter said, but like him, I just felt it was time,” Hammil said. “I feel good about the decision, but it’s tough to pull the trigger, so to speak, and make the final call.

“My health’s pretty good, and that was important. And with a daughter in high school and a son coming up, I wanted the chance to sit back and watch them in the stands as a fan.”

Hammil had a 126-196 record in 15 years as head coach. His crowning achievement was guiding the Red Hawks to the 2006 Southern Lakes Conference co-championship.

Milton’s last conference boys basketball title before that was in 1983 when Hammil was the starting guard.

“I’ve got a lot of great memories, and that certainly is right up near the top,” Hammil said of the 2006 championship. “But I think what I’m most happy about is where we’ve taken Milton basketball.

“When I took over in 1994, we didn’t even unlock the doors to the balcony in the gym because there was no need to.

“That’s not the case anymore. Now, our crowds fill the gym on a regular basis. The community and parental support has been great since I’ve been here, and I think we left a solid footprint for the next coach.”

The Red Hawks were 6-6 in the conference and 8-12 overall this year in their first Badger South season.

Hammil will continue to teach business at the high school and has not ruled out coaching again in the future.

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