Captain Shreve looks to Southwood to find a top basketball coach


Captain Shreve announced Monday the appointment of Southwood boys basketball coach Brandon Gultery to lead the same program for the Gators.

Gultery, the 2024 Shreveport Times All-City boys coach of the year, will remain within the Caddo Parish Schools System to take over a program with a big upside. The Gators were District 1-5A champions this past season under the recently departed Corey Deans.

“I am extremely excited to have Coach Gultery as our boys basketball coach,” said Captain Shreve principal Bryant Sepulvado. “He is organised, passionate about players, a man of character and has an excellent track record.”

Gultery’s Cowboys lost twice to Shreve last regular season, but defeated the Gators in the LHSAA Select Division I quarterfinals to advance to the state tournament in Lake Charles for the first time in 22 seasons. Southwood was 12-2 in district and 25-9 overall.

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Former Southwood principal Kim Pendleton plucked Gultery from the Carroll High staff in May 2020 to lead the Cowboys program.

“Brandon’s presentation was impeccable. He has an action plan that is not just about coaching,” Pendleton said at the time. “I am looking for leaders who share my thought process and he expressed an openness to learning. That’s one of the things I liked about him.”

Gultery, a Grambling State graduate (2008), previously coached the girls team at Madison and his 2018-19 team won the district title and he was named District 2-3A Coach of the Year. He replaced Eddie Hamilton at Southwood.

Gultery was a four-year varsity letterman in football and basketball at Reuben McCall High in Tallulah, graduating in 2004. His 2001 team won a state title under coach Mitchell Riggs. From 2004 to 2006, he played wide receiver at Grambling.

Gultery was a coach for the past 14 years and also coached for five years in Frisco, Texas. He was an assistant on the Carroll boys team that advanced to the 2016-17 Top 28 semifinals, while advancing to the quarterfinals the other three seasons he coached there.

Jimmy Watson covers Louisiana sports for the USA TODAY Network. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.