Brett Self, the head coach at Douglas High School the last 5 years, is the new Guntersville High boys head basketball coach. The City School Board named him to that position this week.
As a player, Self was a member of the 2001 state championship team at Hooper Academy. He grew up in the Pintlala/Hope Hull area south of Montgomery. His father Darrell was his high school football and basketball coach.
“He’s the real Coach Self,” Self said. “When he’s around, I just become Brett again.”
His father coached 35-plus years and is a member of the Alabama Independent Schools Assn. Hall of Fame.
After high school, Self obtained both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University. He was a graduate assistant in the women’s basketball program at Auburn under Coach Nell Fortner. He coached at a few colleges after that and got his first head coaching job at Douglas 5 years ago.
“I had a lot of great players play for me at Douglas over the last 5 years,” Self said. “Principal Scott Bonds took a chance on me and brought me in and I really appreciate him giving me that opportunity. I have really enjoyed my time at Douglas and wish them nothing but the best going forward.”
He has always felt the Guntersville basketball job was one of the best coaching jobs in Marshall County.
“The entire athletic program at Guntersville has a rich history,” he said. “A lot of great coaches have come through and built the program and I want to continue to build on it as the next Guntersville coach. We want to put a product on the floor the community can be proud of.”
June will be a busy month for the Wildcat basketball players. They’ll be working in the gym and in the weight room. The players will be getting to know the new coach and he will be getting to know them.
“We’ll get the ball rolling in June and set up some play dates and things like that,” Self said.
He has also coached golf at Douglas. He doesn’t have any other coaching assignments at Guntersville yet, but said he is available if needed.
He and his wife Kimberly have been married about a year and a half. She is from Horton, but went to high school at Susan Moore in Blount County.
“I want to thank Dr. Cindy Wigley for my time at Douglas,” Self said. “She was very supporting and did everything we asked to help the program. I also want to thank Guntersville, especial principal Roseanne Mabrey, Coach Johnny Harbison and Supt. Brett Stanton for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.”