Kern Only 1 Away from 100th Career Win

Brad Kern calls Brentwood’s shots during the game with Construction Career Center on Monday. It was his 99th career victory as a high school head coach. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit

Brad Kern is on the verge of winning his 100th game as the head boys basketball coach at Brentwood High School.

Kern watches a practice session during the 2011-12 season. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

The Eagles won their season opener on Monday to push Kern’s career record to 99-100. Win No. 100 could come as early as Monday, Dec. 2, when the team plays Confluence Prep in the Valley Park Tournament. BHS is the top seed in the tournament and Confluence is seeded eighth among eight teams.

This is Kern’s ninth season at BHS. He was an assistant coach at Springfield Kickapoo from 1998 to 2001 and an assistant at Jennings from 2001 to 2005.

Kern took the job at Brentwood in 2005, a basketball program that had gone 82-163 in the previous 10 seasons, with only one winning record. His teams posted losing records for the first three years, but have had winning records four out of the past five years. Since 2008 they’ve gone 75-53 and averaged 15 wins a year. His first conference title came last year.

“I’m proud of the direction of the program,” he said.

Kern’s Win-Loss Records at BHS
2005-06:  6-18 overall (3-9 conference)
2006-07:  10-13 (7-5)
2007-08:   8-16 (5-7)
2008-09:  18-8 (8-2)
2009-10:  19-8 (8-2)
2010-11:  9-14 (5-5)
2011-12:  11-14 (5-5)
2012-13:  17-9 (7-1, won conference)
2013-14:  1-0 so far

Brad Kern confers with assistant coach Brandon Hogan at a practice during the 2011-12 season. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Valley Park Tournament, Dec. 2-6
Brentwood is the No. 1 seed, followed by Kennedy, Priory, Principia, Trinity, Valley Park, Crossroads and Confluence Prep. The Eagles play Confluence at 5 p.m. on Dec. 2, with the winner playing at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and the loser playing at 5 p.m. Dec. 4.

Coming Up:
Dec. 2, 5 p.m. vs. Confluence Prep at Valley Park Tournament
Dec. 14, 4 p.m. vs. Hollister at Ozark Mountain Shootout in Glendale, Mo.

Following is a link to the Eagles’ complete schedule:

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