Nate Hillery will lead the baseball program at Hilliard Bradley High School, pending school board approval.

Hillery was an assistant coach at Dublin Coffman the past two seasons. He was head coach at Ready in 2014 and 2015, going 19-34.

“Nate believes in building relationships and doing things the right way,” athletics director Cort Hamilton said. “We’re looking forward to seeing him take over the program.”

Hillery graduated from North Side High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2006 before playing baseball at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He was an assistant at Olentangy Orange in 2013.

“(After being a head coach in the past), you come in much more prepared,” said Hillery, who teaches physical education at Karrer Middle School in Dublin. “You know what the job entails and what needs to be done. I’m looking forward to trying to build success in the program.”

Hillery replaces Matt Gilkerson, who was the program’s only coach in its eight seasons. The Jaguars started 1-5 this spring but finished 16-13 overall and reached their first Division I district semifinal.

Bradley finished third (7-5) in the OCC-Cardinal Division behind Hilliard Darby (11-1) and Thomas Worthington (9-3).

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