HELENA – Brandon Day has come full circle.

The former Helena High graduate will be named the new head coach of the Bengals’ boys basketball team, pending board approval. The Helena athletics department announced the news on Monday.

“When you leave Helena High and you go into the field of education and coaching, you think you would like to be there and coach that team, but it never really seems real until you’re in it,” said Day, who graduated in 2000 and played for coach Steve Keller at Helena High. “I’m extremely lucky to have this opportunity and I’m very excited to be part of the Helena High program.”

Day, who teaches AP biology and a forensics class at Helena High, has spent the past four seasons as an assistant on the Lady Bengals’ program. He was on the sidelines last March when Eric Peterson’s club won the Class AA state championship, the first in 20 years.

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“I’m really going to miss that bunch of girls,” said Day. “They’re a great bunch, those seniors will be missed big time this next year, but that was not an easy program to leave. Coach Peterson does a great job and it’s nice to have him around as a mentor.”

Prior to his stint with the Helena High girls, Day served as the head coach at Stevensville High School, guiding the girls beginning in 2011. He was the junior varsity coach with the Corvallis boys after playing for the University of Montana Western in Dillon.

Those stops, along with his own playing experience, have Day prepared to guide a program at Montana’s largest prep level.

“I’ve had some amazing coaches that I’ve worked with from (Dave) Bradshaw in the Bitterroot to Coach Peterson here, of course Coach Keller, I’m just looking to use it all and come up with something successful,” he said. “I love a good defensive team that knows how to get up and down (the floor), we’ll see if we have the athletes to do it but from what I’ve seen I think we might.”

Day replaces John Hollow, who stepped down from the Helena High program in early May. Day, whose wife Lindsey is the head volleyball coach at Helena High, leads the Bengals into their first summer tournament this month.