WEBSTER CITY - B.J. Terrones is going home.
Terrones verbally resigned his position as the head boys basketball coach at South Hamilton on Friday and has accepted the same position at Gilbert, according to South Hamilton Athletic Director Todd Coy.
Terrones, who sources said interviewed for the Gilbert position Friday morning, has declined to comment at this time.
DFJ file photo by Troy Banning
B.J. Terrones (right) barks out instructions to his South Hamilton players during a timeout in a Class 2A district final against Roland-Story in Boone this past winter. On Friday, Terrones resigned his position as the head of the Hawks’ program to take over at his alma mater Gilbert.
Terrones compiled a 35-13 record in his two years in charge of the South Hamilton program. The Hawks went 21-4 in 2013-14 and advanced to the Class 2A state tournament for the first time since 1991. They also amassed a 16-2 mark in the Heart of Iowa Conference and took outright ownership of the league championship.
A 1995 graduate of Gilbert High School, Terrones led the Tigers to a runner-up finish in 2A as a senior before embarking on a four-year stint at the University of Iowa. Coy says it's not a surprise Terrones wants to return to the program.
"He wants to go back to the school he competed at and brought great success to, and he wants to try to build it back up again," Coy said. "We totally understand that and we do wish him luck. We appreciate the things he has done here at South Hamilton.
Coy said he was not officially made aware of Terrones' interview with Gilbert prior to receiving a phone call from his now former coach Friday afternoon. It was during that conversation that Terrones informed Coy of his decision to leave South Hamilton.
Terrones - an Assistant District Attorney for the state of Iowa who lives in the Gilbert school district - will inherit a Tigers' squad that went 13-10 and reached the 3A district final round this past winter. They will return their top five scorers in 2014-15, including seniors Wes Greder (14.6 points per game) and Jared Gescheidler (12.8), as well as sophomore Jack Hoiberg (10.7) - the son of Iowa State men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg.
Terrones is also saying goodbye to a South Hamilton program that is on the rise. The Hawks lose the bulk of the state tournament team to graduation, but they will return 6-foot-4 sophomore guard Collin Hill - widely regarded as one of the state's top two or three players in the class of 2017. Hill averaged 16.8 points per game and snagged all-state honors during his freshman season.
Coy says Nathan Hill will serve as the de facto leader of the South Hamilton program during the search for a new head coach. Hill worked under Terrones this past winter as a volunteer coach on the Hawks' staff and he is expected to be in the mix as the possible successor.
"He's going to be our interim guy as we open the process up and start interviewing, and we hope to do that quickly," Coy said. "What (Nathan Hill's) role will be will be determined in the near future, but he's definitely been good for our program."