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Myers Makes Move to Middies

November 27, 2018

DRACUT -- After six successful seasons running the Lowell High girls basketball program, Brian Myers is staying in the Merrimack Valley Conference.

But he’s switching schools after accepting an offer to coach the Dracut High boys basketball team.

“It’s a new challenge, for sure,” said Myers, 40, a 1996 Dracut High graduate. “It was a series of things. To go back to my alma mater was enticing.”

The Middies went 1-19 last season in one of the top conferences in the state. Monday was the first day of tryouts and Myers was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by nearly 60 players.

“I left there thinking, man, there’s some pieces here. I think we’re going to surprise some people,” Myers said.

Dan Sargent is replacing Myers as Lowell High’s head girls coach. Ironically, Sargent and Myers are both teachers at the Robinson Middle School in Lowell.

Under Myers, Lowell High won an MVC championship and reached two Division 1 North semifinal games. Last season, led by Shyan Mwai, the program’s all-time leading scorer, the Red Raiders defeated North Andover and Masconomet before falling to Central Catholic.

But Myers said he grew frustrated that he “just couldn’t get the youth program going” and by having to deal with a leaky gymnasium roof on more than one occasion.

In addition to graduating from Dracut High, Myers has 10 years of experience coaching at DHS as a boys JV coach/varsity assistant.

-- BARRY SCANLON

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