Darryl Carter takes over as the next head coach of the John Burroughs Bears Boys Basketball Program replacing Austin Pope and Malique Johnson

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Darryl Carter named Head Coach of the John Burroughs Bears Boys Basketball Program Photo Credits: Darryl Carter

The John Burroughs Bears boys basketball team conducted an interview process that spanned over 2 months to find their next head coach to take over the program and the school named Darryl Carter as its next head coach replacing Austin Pope and interim coach Malique Johnson as the next head coach for the 2024-2025 season. Carter has over 10 years of coaching experience and currently has a developmental program with Mission City Elite developing basketball players who currently are enrolled in elementary middle and high schools. Carter also spent five seasons on Crespi High School’s boys’ basketball staff serving under 3 head coaches in that span, working under Russell White, Andrew Moore, and, most recently, former NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Derek Fisher.

The coaching staff under Carter is still being ironed out, but he has confirmed that varsity assistant coaches Matt Baker and Scott Kolovarius will be retained under the new staff. Baker was a late addition to the coaching staff last season under interim head coach Malique Johnson. Kolovarius will be working under his 5th head coach during his time at Burroughs, having coached under Adam Hockberg, Allan Ellis, Austin Pope, and Malique Johnson during that span.

This team will feature a number of key returning players, headlined by seniors Jagger Topp, Landon Everheart, Jacob Samontina, Elijah Orjuela, and juniors Evan Baker, Evan Lainer, and Jordan Lewis. Owen Everhart, younger brother of Landon Everhart, should be a key sophomore heading into the 2024-2025 season. Landon Everhart was awarded the Pacific League’s honorable mention this past season.

“I am extremely excited to take over the John Burroughs Bears basketball program and build something special,” the new Bears coach said. Carter also stated that his coaching philosophy is defense first, and, based on the players’ skill sets, they will figure out their identity on what they can be offensively.

“After a rigorous and thoughtful interview process, we feel confident that Darryl Carter will have a successful tenure as the next head boys basketball coach at John Burroughs High School. I am looking forward to working with Coach Carter, his staff, and the basketball program. He has many years of experience running programs,” said Burroughs Assistant Principal of Athletics Jessica Palaski. Palaski was part of the search team that featured Burroughs Principal Kenny Knoop, and Athletic Directors Keith Knoop and Jose Valle, but she stated that they interviewed for head coaching position with over 15 head coaching candidates over the course of 6 weeks. The search team also got feedback from parents, current Burroughs High Boys Basketball players, and former coaches who worked with the program in the past.

The Bears will spend the summer preparing for the upcoming season with practices and summer league games before the school year begins on Monday, August 12th.

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