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Matt Hoppe

When long-time Brentwood Academy boys basketball coach Hubie Smith retired in 2019, the school was fortunate to have a capable replacement in Matt Hoppe on staff to take his place.

Now, three years later, the school is again searching for a new head coach after Hoppe stepped down on Thursday to “look for other opportunities,” as confirmed by athletic director Cody White.

“We’re very appreciative of the job he did and what he did for our program when he stepped in,” White said. “We wish him the best.”

Hoppe, a 1995 graduate of Brentwood Academy, served as BA’s interim coach for the 2019-20 season before being given the job full-time right before that year’s state tournament.

In three seasons, Hoppe led the Eagles to a 68-12 record with back-to-back 20-win seasons, two DII-AA state Final Four appearances and a state runner-up finish in 2021. Brentwood Academy won 29 straight games this year before falling to No. 3 Knoxville Catholic in the DII-AA semifinals in early March.

Prior to his promotion in 2019, Hoppe was an assistant on Smith’s staff that won state championships in 2017 and 2018.

Searching for its third coach in four years, Brentwood Academy hopes to hire a new boys basketball coach sometime in the next month or two.

“With the calendar, we’ve got June basketball coming up,” White said. “There’s no drop-dead date, but we’d like somebody here before June starts.”

The BA vacancy is expected to be a highly-coveted job — the Eagles won four consecutive state championships from 2015-2018, finished as state runner-up to MBA in 2019, and have a 204-31 record since 2014.

“The trick of it is finding the guy who fits the culture of the school and who we are,” White said. “It’s not just about X’s and O’s. We’ll figure out who the best fit is. There’s certainly some guys that are close to the program and there will be some guys from all over. We’ll narrow them down and find the right fit for the program.

“It’s a bit of a puzzle. There’s a lot of guys that know X’s and O’s but aren’t good head coaches. And of course, we’re a Christian school, so it’s got to be somebody whose faith is really important to them because it’s important to us.