Fairfield Prep announces Leo Redgate as new head basketball coach
The Fairfield Prep boys basketball program has now changed hands twice within the last 24 hours.
In a round of firings, six-year Jesuits' coach Rich Lee and two other coaches were given the ax. Former junior varsity coach Leo Redgate was named on Wednesday as the Jesuits' new head basketball coach.
Lee and two other coaches were fired on Tuesday, leaving with 67-64 record as head coach for the Jesuits. Redgate was announced as the head coach by athletic director Steve Donahue via a phone call to the Fairfield Citizen.
"We're looking forward to having him on board," Donahue said.
Redgate has been the junior varsity coach at Prep for each of the last six seasons under Lee's leadership. Prep was 9-12 a year ago.
"Prep is making some changes to the staff," Donahue said on Tuesday. "Part of my initiative in taking over the AD position has been to get more faculty, alumni and in house personnel involved with the coaching staffs."
Redgate is a Fairfield resident, Prep graduate and also the owner of the Fairfield Community Theatre Foundation.
"He loves the school and is excited about the position," Donahue said. "He's got a great rapport with the kids."
Prep has also announced that Tim Dee will assume the role of junior varsity coach. Donahue is pleased with the hire and hopes that he can fill out the Jesuits' staff with Prep alumni by the end of the summer.
"We're looking for more qualified staff and alumni who played basketball for us," Donahue said. "These two men fit the model of what we're going for."