ALTAMONT — The replacement for longtime Labette County High School coach Brad Smith has been hired.
Bradley Argabright, a native of Olpe and graduate of Pittsburg State, has been hired as the newest physical education teacher and boys basketball head coach at LCHS.
Argabright announced his hiring on Facebook and Twitter on Sunday evening.
“It is both an honor and a pleasure to announce that I have been given the opportunity to be named the next head boys basketball coach and high school P.E. teacher at Labette County High School,” Argabright wrote. “A huge thank you goes out to Coach Brad Smith for believing in me and bringing me into the program a few short years ago. His leadership and guidance has always been a huge help. I would also like to thank the board and USD 506 administration for the opportunity to lead this program.”
Smith announced his retirement earlier this summer, ending a 25-year tenure as head coach of the Grizzlies.
Argabright’s hiring is pending approval from the USD 506 board, which is expected to happen at its July board meeting.
Argabright played football and basketball at Pittsburg State. In high school at Olpe, he was a three-sport star in football, basketball and track.
Argabright has already been acclimated to the Labette County athletics scene, previously serving as an assistant coach on both the football and boys basketball coaching staffs. He was also an employee at Meadow View Grade School, a post he’ll be leaving as he moves on to the high school.
He was also one of two interim head coaches, along with Brian Tucker, for Labette County after Smith retired.
Argabright’s hiring comes after the surprise retirement of Smith.
“It was a shock quite honestly,” Labette County athletic director and head football coach Sean Price said after Smith announced his decision. “Coach Smith is always energetic and he loves kids. His life is all about kids. So I was surprised. I really didn’t see it coming. I don’t think anybody did. Coach Smith is somebody who thinks things through and this is the decision he came up with. So I’m sure it was the best thing for him and his family.”
Argabright inherits a Labette County boys basketball team in the midst of a rebuild. The Grizzlies, who made the state tournament in back-to-back seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18, went 2-19 in 2018-19 including a winless mark in SEK League play.