By Alexa Epitropoulos | [email protected]
Darryl Prue is the new head coach of the T.C. Williams High School boys’ basketball team, Athletic Director James Parker announced on Monday night.
Prue, who coaches for Amateur Athletic Union program Team Takeover, was a star basketball player in D.C. in the 1980s. He was two-time First-Team All-Met forward at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in D.C., where he averaged 23 points per game and 17 rebounds per contest.
He went on to play basketball at West Virginia University, where he won co-Rookie of the Year, Second-Team All-League his sophomore year and First-Team recognition during his final two years. He was an honorable mention All-American his junior year of college. After college, he played on the international basketball circuit for 11 years, where he won three league championships.
He has also served as assistant coach at Georgetown University and Morgan State.
Prue replaces Brett Sullivan, who coached the team during the 2017-18 school year. ACPS declined to comment on the decision to not proceed with Sullivan as coach, as it’s a personnel issue.
The team has had significant turnover, with four coaches in the past four years, including Coach Bryan Hill, who was ousted abruptly at the start of the 2016-17 season.
The news release states that Prue’s hire is part of a trend of high-profile hires at T.C. Williams under Parker’s leadership. Those hires include girls’ basketball coach Lisa Willis, a former Team USA gold medalist and WNBA player.
“My goal is to change the caliber of coaches that we are attracting to train our young athletes and this appointment is the latest in meeting that standard,” Parker said in a statement. “Darryl Prue is not only one of the great players from the 1980s. He is also a fantastic coach who brings skills as well as name recognition to T.C. It will be an incredible experience for any of our young players to be coached by someone of his caliber.”