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Brad Seaman Named Coach of KO Boys Basketball Team

Brad Seaman (seated with the coaches board) has been named head coach of the KO boys basketball team. Submitted photo

Brad Seaman, who was previously assistant coach at West Hartford’s Kingswood Oxford School, was recently named head coach.

Submitted by John Nestor, Kingswood Oxford School

Kingswood Oxford School has named Brad Seaman as boys basketball coach. Seaman has spent the past two seasons as the assistant basketball coach under Garth Adams.

After leading the Kingswood Oxford boys basketball team back to the NEPSAC Class B playoffs last season, Adams has decided to step down as coach of the Wyverns.

“I want to thank Garth for all of is hard work, commitment and dedication to KO and to the student athletes he coached,” KO athletic director Debbie Fiske said. “He instilled a positive culture in the program and a work ethic that resulted in the team becoming one of the top programs in New England in its class.”

On Thursday morning coach Adams notified the team of his decision and the team was also notified of Seaman’s appointment as the new boys basketball coach.

“Being a head coach has always been Brad’s goal and he is hungry and enthusiastic and will be a great fit for the program,” Fiske said. “We are excited about what Brad will bring to KO and the boys basketball program as head coach and are looking forward to the upcoming season.”

Adams coached the Wyverns from 2000-12 and returned in 2014. He led KO to the 2011 NEPSAC Class B title and also served as KO’s athletic director from 2000-12. In his first stint with the Wyverns, Adams led the team to three Founders League titles and five Kingswood Oxford Invitational Championships. This past season KO advanced to the KIT final and the NEPSAC Class B semifinals.

“It was difficult to make the decision to step away from coaching at KO, one that I struggled with for quite some time. In the end family considerations were the deciding factor and tilted the scale for me,” Adams said. “I feel very positive about the work we have done over the past three seasons to re-establish the boys varsity program at KO as one of the elite teams in New England in our classification. The young men in this program should be very proud of what they have accomplished. I know I am.”

Seaman played high school basketball at Avon High School and was a co-captain of the Falcons’ 2005 Division III state championship team. He played college basketball at Suffolk University where he was a three-year starter. Seaman has coached at prestigious camps and schools across the Northeast, and is the owner of Lenny Rich Training, where he also works with boys and girls from Grade 3 to the professional level. Seaman has also coached teams at the AAU level.

“I’m excited and at the same time it’s very bittersweet,” Seaman said. “It’s been my dream to be a head coach but in my mind I pictured that Garth and I would be going a lot longer together.”

Seaman credits coach Adams with helping him grow as a coach over the past two seasons and will miss the camaraderie they shared in the gym.

“I learned a lot, a lot more than I have anywhere else from is experience and teaching,” Seaman said. “It was a unique situation in that we shared a lot within our style of coaching and beliefs and we got along quite well.”

While it was tough for coach Adams to bid farewell to the Wyvern program, he feels the program is being left in good hands.

“While I will miss the student athletes on this team dearly, I am so pleased that the school has decided to tab Brad as the next boys varsity basketball coach at KO,” Adams said. “Brad has one of the brightest basketball minds around, a true rising young coach who will do wonderful things for KO and the student-athletes in the program. I feel confident knowing Brad Seaman will be leading this program.”

The Wyverns return four starters from last season’s Class B semifinalists, so Seaman inherits a team that knows him as a coach and has experience. The goal now is to keep the program on its current upward trajectory.

“Going forward the goals are to continue what Garth has preached, to play at a high level and conduct ourselves on and off the court with a sense of team and poise,” Seaman said. “There is a culture of learning and winning that go together and with what we have returning keeping that momentum going and continuing the upward trend is attainable.”

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