Five years later and Brent Brilhante is back as coach of the Todd Beamer High School boys basketball team.
Brilhante coached for two seasons before resigning following the 2009-10 season. He has continued to work in the Federal Way School district, including the past year at Beamer as a special education teacher.
“I’m excited, this is a good group of kids,” Brilhante said. “I love Beamer, being a teacher her, I love the staff, I love the kids and I love to coach basketball. When the job opened here, this was the only job I was interested in applying for.”
Brilhante takes over for Winston Bell, who led the program to its only state trophy in the 2013-14 season when it lost to Richland in the third-fifth place game.
Beamer’s only other state experience? That was in the 2008-09 season – Brilhante’s first year as the team’s coach.
He said he resigned because he and his wife were about to get married, he was seeking his master’s degree in special education through online classes at Grand Canyon University – as well as his teaching certificate – and his step-daughter, Olivia Denton, was getting into AAU basketball. Denton was a sophomore for the Auburn Riverside girls basketball team this past season.
“I just saw the (Beamer) job posted and right when I saw it I thought, ‘I better get my coach’s book and everything together and see about applying for it,’” Brilhante said. “Then I got the OK from my wife and daughter that I could coach again.
“The biggest hump was my daughter’s approval that I can miss a handful of her games every year.”
Beamer was second in the 4A South Puget Sound League Northwest behind 4A state champion Federal Way at 12-12 overall this past year and ended its season with a lost to Bellarmine Prep in the 4A West Central District tournament.