High school girls basketball

Oceanside searches for new coach after Bragg's departure

Athletic director Bishop said school will accept applications for varsity position until Oct. 10
By Mark Haskell | Oct 02, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Sam Bragg.

Rockland — With the leaves on the trees falling and the start of the high school basketball season — incredibly — only weeks away, Oceanside High School has found itself in the midst of a coaching change on the hardwood.

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Mariner athletic director Molly Bishop confirmed Sam Bragg, who had been part of the Oceanside girls basketball program eight years, had resigned as varsity coach.

Bragg said she resigned on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

“OHS varsity girls basketball coach Sam Bragg has resigned from her position for personal reasons after eight years with the program,” said Bishop in an email. “Oceanside certainly appreciates the hard work, time away from family and dedication that Sam gave to the OHS girls.”

In five seasons, Bragg led the Mariners to a 46-51 record. She guided the team to the regional playoffs each of her five seasons, including two quarterfinal berths.

Prior to taking over as varsity head coach ahead of the 2014-15 season, Bragg had been a subvarsity coach for the Mariners three years.

"At this point in time, all I can say is, good luck to my players and the Oceanside girls program," said Bragg.

In addition, the Oceanside girls junior varsity and freshman coaches also resigned for "personal reasons" over the summer.

So, somewhat suddenly, all of the Oceanside girls hoop program’s three coaching positions are vacant.

Bishop said of the school's vacant varsity coaching position, “While the timing of the situation may not be ideal, we will be accepting applications until Oct. 10 and will interview shortly thereafter.”

The first day of winter sports tryouts is Monday, Nov. 18.

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