Coach Brandon Matthews – goodbyes, new beginnings

Published 5:34 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2023

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Brandon Matthews resigned as Greenville High School’s basketball head coach with a heavy heart July 18. But the former Tiger coach said he is excited for this next chapter in life, as he and his family move to Gulf Shores for a new career opportunity. 

“Coaching is a really great tool to invest in the youth, but it is also a lot of time invested on the road and late practices that make it hard to give time to my wife and two kids, maybe soon to be three, in the way I want,” Matthews said. “My family is what is most important, and that is what drove this hard decision. This new job will allow me to be home more where I need to be.”

Matthews will assume the role of the director of recruiting for the restoration company C Sharpe in Gulf Shores. He will continue to use his leadership experience in maintaining the company’s integrity and core values as it expands rapidly.

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“As long as I can continue to invest in people and help them thrive and grow holistically, I can get on board,” Matthews said. “I’m excited to meet everyone I will be working with in person. My life is not marked by what I can do for myself, but by what I can do for others. That’s what fulfills me.”

Matthews described how difficult it was to make his ultimate decision of resignation, a move made more challenging because of how connected he is to the Tiger team and staff. 

“I hate to leave them, this is really hard for me,” Matthews said. “I have learned so much about these players, and I love them dearly. I want them to know they can reach out to me anytime and I hope I will see them again, maybe even hire some of them one day! But they are left in good hands with the amazing sports staff, and I believe Greenville athletics is about to take a turn and a lot of great things are to come.”

Greenville High School Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Coach Garrick Pimienta, conveyed his support for Matthews in this new career opportunity. 

“I’m extremely happy for Coach Matthews and his family,” Pimienta said. “I will always look back on my time with him fondly. He has been extremely supportive to our whole athletic department and I will continue the hard work he has put in place for the basketball players. My priority will be to find the best coach possible to take his place, but he will be greatly missed.” 

Matthews said he plans on always being a part of the Greenville community in some way, and wants to continue to give and create generational impacts. 

“I love Greenville and I’m going to miss it,” Matthews said. “I will continue to invest in it as it still means a great deal to me.”