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Broderick Moves On After Successful ’08

 

Finishing his career with George Mason High School on a high note with a run to the Virginia Group A state semifinals in girls basketball, varsity basketball coach Bill Broderick is moving on. Broderick has accepted a position at Elon University, where he will serve as an assistant coach and recruiting specialist on the women’s basketball team.

This past season, his second at the helm of the girls varsity team after previously coaching the boys varsity, Broderick was named Region B coach of the year. The Washington Post also named him Northern Virginia Coach of the Year.

Broderick’s last day at Mason High will be June 16.

“I’m going to miss the people I work with,” Broderick said. “I really appreciate Principal [Robert] Snee giving me the opportunity, same with Athletic Director [Tom] Horn. I’m also going to miss the student athletes. That’s really what made it special for me at Mason.”

Broderick will join the staff of newly hired head coach Karen Barefoot. Barefoot was hired after spending the previous three years as an assistant at Old Dominion University, a fixture in the women’s AP Top 25. The staff at Elon will have the challenge of resurrecting a program that finished 12-20 overall and 6-12 in the Southern Conference last season.

The scenario should be a familiar one for Broderick. In two previous stops before landing at Mason, he helped turn around women’s teams at Arizona and Pittsburgh while working as an assistant coach.

“It’s a fresh start to build the program [at Elon],” Broderick said. “I just really like building programs.”

The Mustangs compiled a 20-10 record in their final season under Broderick, reaching the Virginia Group A, Division II semifinals where they lost to eventual champion Floyd County.

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