No regrets for Broyles

Longtime Del Oro boys hoop coach steps down after 16 seasons at Golden Eagles varsity reins
By: Mike Ray, Staff Writer
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Looking back on a 31-year coaching career, including the last 16 as Del Oro’s head varsity boys basketball coach, Geoff Broyles has no regrets.


Broyles, who began his coaching career at Del Oro as a JV coach in 1995, announced last week that he was stepping down as the school’s head boys hoops coach. Broyles will remain as an instructor at the school where he is also the school’s athletic director.


“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here as Del Oro’s boys coach,” said Broyles. “I’m so appreciative of the support I’ve received here throughout my tenure.”


Broyles took Del Oro’s varsity coaching reins from Joe Hites in 2002. His overall varsity coaching record for the Golden Eagles in 16 campaigns was 261-182. Broyles’ squads won Sierra Foothill League championships in 2012 and 2014. Ten times his teams won 18 or more games in a season.


“I feel that right now is a good time to step away from head coaching responsibilities,” Broyles added. “The program is in good shape.”


Broyles noted that his 16-season run as Del Oro’s head coach wasn’t just about him.


“Along the way I’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of great kids, parents and coaches in the program,” said Broyles. “That’s what makes it all worthwhile.”


Broyles’ best team during his tenure came in the 2013–14 season when the Golden Eagles, led by Michael Moore, Danny Becker, Kyle Setterlund and Connor Drake, ran off a 24-game winning streak.


Del Oro won the SFL crown that season with a 10-0 mark and reached the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II finals, where the Golden Eagles fell to Cosumnes Oaks, 55-52. The team, which went 28-3, then lost a close two-point game to Montgomery of Santa Rosa in the CIF Northern Calfiornia Regional.


Another satisfying year for Broyles came in the 2016–17 season.


In that campaign, the Golden Eagles, who were just 4-8 in SFL play, reached the playoffs and after being awarded an at-large berth to the regional, went on the road and defeated perennial Northern California powers Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland and San Joaquin Memorial of Fresno before being eliminated by St. Francis of Mountain View in the semifinals.


As for the future, Broyles will still be close to Golden Eagle athletics.


“I look forward to continuing my work as athletic director and doing the best I can to help support all teams at Del Oro,” he said.