The only coach in program history is leaving his post at Plainfield East.
Boys basketball coach Branden Adkins is retiring from coaching after a run at East which included being the only program in District 202 boys basketball history to win multiple regional championships.
“We won two conference championships and two regional championships,” Adkins said. “I’m proud of what we accomplished here from the bottom up. A lot of people have come through our program and came back. It is bittersweet. This isn’t really the way I wanted to end my coaching career.”
Adkins coached four Division I players (Brian Bennett, Aaron Jordan, James Claar, Elyjah Goss) in his stint with the Bengals and many more collegiate players since the program was at the varsity level at the beginning of the decade.
“You have to have good players and they really bought into our program and what came along with it,” Adkins said. “My coaching staff was always loyal to me. These were a great 10 years of my life. East is going to do well and build a new chapter.”
While his final season didn’t go as planned, the Bengals will have some experience for the new coach next year, which should help a staff that is anticipated to remain mostly intact.
“The coaching staff is going to be intact as well,” Adkins said. “There probably isn’t going to be too many changes besides the person at the helm.”
Moving forward with his career, Adkins is excited about what the future may entail.
“I’m looking to advance myself professionally,” he said. “I’m looking at opportunities that route.”