excerpt from Gwinnett Daily Post Article By David Friedlander
Curtis Gilleylen has never backed down from a challenge in his entire career in athletics as a player or a coach.
That includes a major challenge like the one he faced just this past high school basketball season in which he stepped in to coach the boys team at Columbia High School following an abrupt late-season coaching change after guiding the Eagles girls program the entire season.
While the 38-year-old Flint, Mich., native said he wouldn’t hesitate to answer a call like that again, he does admit he is looking forward to holding just one job at a time as the new boys varsity basketball coach at Meadowcreek, a job with its own challenges.
“That was definitely an experience,” Gilleylen said of coaching the Columbia boys to the Class AAAA Sweet 16 this past spring, in addition to leading the girls team to a 13-8 record. “But I think I’m more effective at just one job. But those two weeks with the boys team renewed my spark. We did a lot in just two weeks. We were a .500 team (to that point), and (the players) responded.”
Name: Curtis Gilleylen
New position: Head boys basketball coach at Meadowcreek
Former position: Head girls basketball coach at Columbia
Career record: 145-98
Education: Graduated from Flint (Mich.) Central High School in 1994; graduated from Central Michigan University in ’’98; Earned Masters in Education from Clark Atlanta University in 2001
Background: Played basketball in high school and college; high school coaching experience came as an assistant boys varsity and head ninth-grade and junior varsity coach at Redan from 2001-07; included a JV DeKalb County championship; head boys varsity coach at Druid Hills from 2007-09, including the best record in school history at 22-9 in 2008-09, plus a Sweet 16 berth; head boys coach at Stephenson from 2009-15, qualified for the state tournament each season, including a trip to the Class AAAAA Final Four in 2013-14; the Jaguars were in the region title game each season during that time; coached the Columbia girls to a 13-8 record last season; also coached boys last four games of last season, helping the Eagles advance to the Class AAAA Sweet 16. Family: Wife Adele; son Sol, 6, and daughter Asiiya, 4, son Ze’ra, 7 months
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