Chad DeBruyn discusses taking over South Boys Basketball

Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 1:04 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2022 at 5:08 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cheyenne South Boys Basketball’s next head coach is a familiar face. Last Wednesday, it was announced that Coach DeBruyn would be the third head coach in the history of the program.

DeBruyn has been at South for several years as a teacher and coach. He was a boys assistant under then-head coach Jim Shaffer until he took over the South Girls Basketball team in 2015-2016. DeBruyn led the Lady Bison to within three points of a state tournament berth in 2021 and was an assistant coach for 17 years before finally getting that first head coaching gig. He said he lives by a credo that a one of his former head coach bosses told him.

“It doesn’t matter what game you’re in, for everybody in this gym...and sometimes there’s not a lot at a sophomore game at 10 a.m on a Saturday, right?...but he said this is the main event for everybody in this gym and you should treat it as such,” said DeBruyn. “I’ve always approached it that way.”

As for what DeBruyn is taking over, South had one of its best seasons in a long time in 2021-2022. The Bison went (10-13) and won two regular season conference games and a 4A East Regional Tournament game. However, South graduated eight seniors including all but one of last season’s key contributors.

DeBruyn said he knew he would not be out of coaching for too long and called it his duty to step up and be the head coach for the Bison after Jeff Bailey stepped down for family and personal reasons in May. The Rawlins High School grad also said that South High has always felt like home.

“My colleagues are wonderful,” said DeBruyn. “The administration is wonderful. I mean I can’t say enough positive things about my experience here at South. I will retire at South High School.”

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