Drury Assistant Coach Takes Over Central High School Basketball Program

Drury’s assistant men’s basketball coach Brandon Kimbrough will be moving up the street starting next season as he takes over as head coach for the Central High School Bulldogs.

Drury made the announcement Friday night of Kimbrough’s decision to take the position with Springfield Public Schools. Kimbrough’s time as an assistant under Steve Hesser brought Drury a 177-56 record, two Elite Eight appearances, two GLVC titles and the Division II national championship in 2013.

“I’m very pleased to see Brandon get this opportunity,” said Drury head coach Steve Hesser. “He has played an important role in the success of Drury basketball both as a coach and as a player, and I’m looking forward to watching him and his young family take on this new challenge. I know that with his leadership skills and work ethic, he will make a positive impact at his school and in the lives of his players.”

Kimbrough is known as one of Drury’s greatest clutch players during his 2004-07 career with the Panthers, hitting nine game-winning shots in his career. He ranks eighth all-time for assists and is one of only 43 players in the program’s history to top 1,000 points.

He played professionally overseas before joining Drury as a graduate assistant coach in 2011. He also played for coach Hesser at Glendale High School where he earned all-state honors.

Kimbrough will begin at Central on August 1st. Drury says a national search is underway to fill the assistant coach position.

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