The Bridgeport boys basketball team moved forward with a new man in charge for the first time in 20 years on Tuesday.
Following several recommendations and community support, Mike Robey has become the new head coach of the Indians.
Robey served as an assistant under former Bridgeport Head Coach Gene Randolph for the last three years. Randolph announced his retirement from coaching prior to last season.
Robey has moved up the coaching ranks all his life, spending time at Notre Dame High School and Robert C. Byrd.
He said he's thrilled at the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Randolph, and is thankful for the support from the Bridgeport community.
"I just want to be able to represent our school and our community," Robey said. "Bridgeport is a tight knit community that gets behind their sports programs. Like I said I'm just grateful for the opportunity and I hope that we can represent them so they'll be proud of us because I know they were proud of us in Charleston. That's a great feeling to have."
Robey became a finalist for the Bridgeport boys basketball head coaching job over the last few weeks. It was on Monday night, during the Bridgeport Board of Education meeting when Robey earned recommendations from the BHS Administration.
The summer practice period begins next Monday for high school athletics. Coach Robey said he's ready to take everything he learned from Coach Randolph, and use it towards continuing the winning tradition at Bridgeport High.
"Our kids to get to the state semi- final game and get so close to playing for a state championship, I couldn't wait for this time to get here because its like a continuation from March from where we were at that point and the kids were all excited and looking forward to things," Robey said.