Jim Raymond coaches the Whale Branch Warriors in the 2020 Class 2A championship game against Gray Collegiate. Raymond is the new Athletic Director at Bridges Prep. Photo by Justin Jarrett, LowcoSports.com.

Raymond leaving Whale Branch for Bridges Prep AD job

By Justin Jarrett, LowcoSports.com

One of the most successful high school boys basketball programs in the area in recent years will have a new head coach next season.

Jim Raymond will make the move across town to become Athletic Director at Bridges Prep, creating an opportunity for some lucky coach to take over a Whale Branch boys team that has been a perennial winner and was the Class 2A state runner-up in 2020.

Raymond completes his seven-year tenure in Seabrook with a 94-67 overall record, including a 19-7 mark in the 2016-17 season and a 21-7 record and a trip to the state finals with future Alabama Crimson Tide star Nick Pringle’s squad in the last big Lowco sporting event before the COVID-19 shutdown.

The Warriors lose a couple key players off last year’s team but they bring back a bunch of talent, and the JV program seems to churn out a few budding stars every year, so the next coach should have some talent to work with and will get tons of support from the Seabrook community and school administration.

The school is moving quickly to hire Raymond’s successor and has posted the position with a $9,000 stipend plus playoff incentives, and Whale Branch currently has teaching openings in physical education, art, science, and special education.

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