Saugus head basketball coach steps down

Former Saugus High coach Bill Bedgood has been named head coach for Valencia. Dan Watson/The Signal

After leading Saugus High boys basketball to its first winning season in five years, Bill Bedgood has stepped down as the Centurions head coach, he confirmed to The Signal on Thursday.

The move was first reported by KHTS Sports.

Bedgood told The Signal he stepped down because he needed a full-time teaching job in his subject, math.

Before last school year, he left a full-time teaching job at Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, where he’d been the boys hoops head coach from 2005-2012, so he could sub in the William S. Hart Union High School District.

“I figured that by subbing I could get on campus and show my ability in the classroom and I would have my ear to the ground, so to speak, if anything came open,” Bedgood said via text message, later adding, “Another reason I left ND this year was just to be closer to my team and to be able to start practices earlier for the players.”

A full-time math job didn’t open at Saugus, though, Bedgood said, and he has taken a teaching position at Valencia High.

In 2014, Bedgood, a 1992 Hart High graduate, took over a Saugus team that had gone 0-10 in Foothill League play the previous season.

He guided the Centurions to three-win league campaigns over his first two years before a breakthrough 2016-17.

Saugus, behind All-SCV Boys Basketball Player of the Year Zach Phipps, won six league games to finish third and end up 18-10 overall after a first-round playoff win.

Saugus Athletic Director Jeff Hallman said the coaching vacancy might be posted as soon as today or Friday.

“We have enjoyed having (Bedgood) as our boys basketball coach,” Hallman said via text. “He has been a fine leader and role model for our young men, and we wish him all the best in this next chapter of his life.”


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