Andy Gil is boys basketball coach at Cate

Andy Gil has been named the boys varsity basketball coach at Cate School, athletic director Wade Ransom announced.

“We are thrilled to have Andy on board at Cate,” Ransom said. “He possesses a unique ability to connect with and understand young people. His enthusiasm and passion for the game of basketball is contagious and our hope is that he will help lead our program to the next level.”

Gil, a counselor at San Marcos High, has worked as a basketball skills development coach since graduating from Cal-Berkeley in 2010.

He was an assistant coach under David Bregante with the Santa Barbara High varsity boys basketball team for three seasons (2011-2014) and was part of a huge turnaround in the program. The Dons went from 2-22 during the 2010-11 season to three straight 20-win seasons and three Channel League titles while Gil was an assistant. The team advanced to the CIF semifinals in 2013-14.

“Combined with his knowledge and experience, we expect Andy to provide our student-athletes with the best opportunities for growth and success on and off the court,” Ransom said.

Gil broke into high school coaching under Bregante with the SBHS freshman program in 2010-11.

Gil was a standout player at Santa Barbara High. He was team captain during his senior season in 2005-06 and earned All-Channel League first-team honors. He played for Jeff Lavender.

Gil replaces Bryan Rodriguez who stepped down after eight seasons at Cate. This is his first head coaching job.