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Seneca Valley’s Boys Basketball Coach Named Coach of the Year



Brian Humphrey took over a Seneca Valley Boys Basketball program in the Fall of 2014, after serving as an assistant coach at rival Damascus for many years. Humphrey came to Germantown to helm a program that had won one game in the two years prior to his hiring.

Earlier this month, Humphrey was named Coach of the Year by his coaching peers at Montgomery County High Schools. Since becoming head coach at Seneca, all Brian Humphrey is done turn losers into winners. He’s taken the Screaming Eagles to the 3A West regional finals twice and emerged victorious this season.

He’s not just turning teams into winners; he’s turning boys into men. He doesn’t coach the team, he coaches the player, and he doesn’t just coach the player, he reaches the person.

“You have to reach the person inside the player,” said Humphrey.

“We are extremely proud of Brian,” said Seneca Valley Athletic Director Jesse Irvin, “but it is also well deserved. He is extremely dedicated to his job and is one of if not the hardest working basketball coach in the county.”

“What is great about Brian,” said Irvin, “is that he is so much more than a coach. He is a mentor and teacher to all of his student athletes. They look up to him and value his words and his actions, which he does a great job in modeling. He is even-keeled at practice and on the sideline, never allowing any one moment or situation to cause him to lose his focus.”

“It is very humbling. It means I must be doing a few things right in leading our guys and helping them become better young men. Hopefully, we have been able to teach them some skills that will make them be successful off the court, as well as on the court.”


The first thing that Humphrey said when asked about the honor of being named Coach of the Year was, “It should read Coaching Staff of the Year.” Humphrey credited his assistant coaches, Will Kelley, Matt Minter, and Ron Auguste with a very large portion of the success the program has enjoyed in the last two years.

Humphrey is at a slight disadvantage than other MCPS coaches since he does not