Published : Friday, February 15, 2019 | 2:02 PM
La Salle College Preparatory announced the resignation of Girls Basketball coach Freedom McCullough on Thursday, February 14, 2019, along with the installment of Scott Wiard as the program’s new head coach. Wiard, who is currently a mathematics instructor at La Salle, has nine years’ experience as a high school coach.
“I am very excited and honored to be named the coach at La Salle and it will be a privilege to coach such outstanding young people,” added Wiard. “From an athletic perspective, the administration is committed to providing our students with an excellent athletic experience and I am excited to be part of that experience for our student-athletes.”
With almost a decade of coaching experience under his belt, coach Wiard built an impressive list of accomplishments. Wiard led the Duarte High School Falcons to the CIF Championship game in the same year he was recognized as San Gabriel Valley’s “Coach of the Year.” Wiard’s record at Duarte High School totaled 55-10 with a perfect 20-0 in Montview League play. Wiard also served as an assistant coach at Bishop Amat, Providence, and Brentwood High Schools.
“With Coach Freedom’s resignation, it only made sense to offer the position to Scott. There aren’t many Girls Basketball coaches who have been to a CIF Final sitting on a shelf and to have one within our faculty made the decision automatic,” stated La Salle’s Athletic Director, Marc Hernandez. “The bonus to all of this is having Scott’s father [Richard Wiard] as a member of his staff. I can’t imagine a better combination than the Wiard family in the San Gabriel Valley.” Scott Wiard selected Richard Wiard, his father, to be his assistant coach. He has more than 35 years’ experience in coaching, boasting over 500 wins and participation in 8 CIF and 5 state championship games.
“We are grateful to Coach McCullough for the last three years of leadership of our Girls Basketball team,” said Principal Courtney Kassakhian. “We wish him well as he pursues new ventures and we excitedly welcome Scott Wiard as our new Girls Basketball coach. Scott brings great experience and enthusiasm and we know he will be a fantastic leader for our program.”
La Salle College Preparatory, 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 351-8951 or visit www.lasallehs.org.