The Hilliard Bradley High School girls basketball program will have its second coach next season, as Kathy Lindsey has retired from the post after nine seasons.
Pending school board approval, Lindsey will be replaced by her longtime assistant, Steve De Dent, who led the boys program at Hilliard and later Davidson for nine seasons.
“Kathy’s record speaks volumes to her endless contributions to the game of basketball, but more impressive is the countless number of lives in which she has made an impact,” Bradley athletics director Cort Hamilton said. “We didn’t have to look far for a new coach because Steve has been an assistant with the program and a big part of its success. He also has a wealth of head-coaching experience.”
Before leading Bradley from 2009-18, Lindsey coached at Oxford Talawanda (1978-83), DeSales (1995-97) and Davidson (1997-2007). She also coached women’s basketball as an assistant at Purdue (1983-85) and Ohio State (1985-90) before serving as the head coach at Illinois from 1990-95.
“I’ve enjoyed coaching for 39 years and I have known only one way to go about it and that’s by being all in,” Lindsey said. “It’s been fulfilling, and I never had a set number (of years to coach) in my mind, even though I am a math teacher. When it comes to your personal life, you have to go with your feelings and your gut, and I think this is the time.
“It’s not goodbye. I won’t be headed to Florida. I still will be around Bradley (as site manager and an NCAA academic consultant), but I want to diversify my life.”
At Bradley, Lindsey was 140-59 with three league championships (2015, 2016, 2017), two district titles (2011, 2015) and a regional runner-up finish in 2015. Last season, the Jaguars finished 11-13 overall and tied Dublin Jerome for third (7-5) in the OCC-Cardinal Division behind co-champions Dublin Scioto and Thomas Worthington (both 9-3).
Lindsey compiled a career record of 381-216 at the high school level and 596-341 in both the college and prep levels. She also played at Ohio State from 1974-78 and was a co-captain as a senior.
“I have worked with Kathy for 12 years — five at Davidson and seven at Bradley,” De Dent said. “When I was no longer a head coach, of all of the friends I have in the game, Kathy was the only one who asked me if I wanted a job. That’s why I always have stayed loyal to her.”
De Dent coached boys basketball before working with Lindsey. He was an assistant from 1983-87 at DeSales and from 1987-91 at Hilliard before leading the Hilliard/Davidson program, going 113-82 in nine seasons. He resigned after the 1999-2000 season, when the Wildcats finished 22-5 with a 58-42 loss to Cincinnati St. Xavier in a Division I state semifinal. He also led Jonathan Alder from 2006-11.
“(Getting back to being a head coach) is something I had wanted to do, but it had to be the right opportunity,” he said. “Kathy has done some great things at Bradley, and I want to keep that tradition going.”
De Dent has coached the Davidson boys and girls tennis programs for the last seven seasons. He said he will continue to coach the boys team but will no longer coach the girls squad in order to prepare for the girls basketball season.