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William Middlebrooks enters his third season as the head men's basketball coach at Cathedral.

On March 27, 2012, Cathedral High School announced Coach Middlebrooks would guide the program into the future.

Over his two seasons as head coach, Middlebrooks has transformed the Phantoms into a Top 20 ranked program in the State of California with a 2-year overall record of 39-14, including 18-2 in Camino Real League play. Considering the program went 13-40 the 2 seasons prior to Middlebrooks’ arrival and has never been ranked in the State in the school’s 88-year history, this is an unbelievable feat.

2013-14 marked a historical 24-6 campaign with the program being ranked as high as #20 in the State, #22 MaxPreps SoCal, #15 LA Times and #1 in Division 3A by SCIBCA. The Phantoms state playoff run took them to the Regional Semifinals, losing in an overtime thriller, while picking up two 30+ point wins in the process. Cathedral was selected by CIFSS for the inaugural Open Division Playoff bracket, a double elimination playoff format featuring the Top 16 teams in the CIF Southern Section. The Phantoms defeated their archrival Cantwell Sacred Heart twice in league play. These were big games as Cantwell was ranked Top 20 in the State at the time of both contests. The Phantoms won the Camino Real League with a 10-0 record. Cathedral also won the 2014 Huntington Park New Year Tournament with an impressive 20-point win over perennial power LA Fairfax. In 29 of the 30 games, the Phantoms had the lead in the 4th quarter.

Individual regular season player awards included: 2 McDonald’s All-American nominees, 2 All Academic Game All-American selections, 2 All-State selections, 3 All-State nominees, 1 All-CIF selection, 1 League MVP, 4 - 1st Team All-League selections, 3 - 2nd Team All-League selections, 1 Tournament MVP and 3 All-Tournament selections. Middlebrooks career winning percentage in playoffs dipped to .657 (23-12), while his league competition winning percentage jumped to .767 (56-17). All 3 starting seniors secured college basketball opportunities/scholarships: Idrissa Diallo (Boston College), Jerome Bryant (Central Washington) and Ifeoluwa Kalejaiye (Willamette).

Middlebrooks led the 2012-13 Phantoms basketball program in his 1st season to a regular season record of 15-8, a complete turn-around for the program that went 6-20 during the 2011-12 campaign, 7 -20 during the 2010-11 season and finished tied for last place in the league 2 consecutive seasons. The 2012-13 Phantoms won 10 of their last 12 games, finished 2nd in the Camino Real League and advanced to the Quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs (Elite 8). Middlebrooks grew his career winning percentage to .700 (21-9) in the playoffs and .730 (46-17) in league competition.

Under the coaching guidance of Middlebrooks, the 2012-13 Cathedral Phantoms had a McDonald’s All-American nominee, 1st Team All-CIF selection, 2nd Team All-CIF selection, 3 - 1st Team All-League selections and 3 - 2nd Team All-League selections. 2 of the 3 seniors in the Varsity starting line-up will go on to play college basketball. Josh Brown signed with UTEP (NCAA Division 1) and Rob White received an offer to play for the University of Dallas (NCAA Division 3).

Prior to his arrival at Cathedral, Middlebrooks was the longest tenured coach in school history as well as the all-time winningest coach in school history at Ribét Academy. While at Ribét, Middlebrooks produced several high profile players, including 1 Ball Is Life All-American (Gregory Sequele), 1 MaxPreps Freshman All-American (Tyler Dorsey), 3 McDonald’s All-American nominees (Krys Faber, Gregory Sequele and Danovan Price), 1 CIF Player of the Year (Jon Conley), 1 John R. Wooden Award Winner (Jon Conley) and multiple All-State, All-CIF and League MVP selections. Through seven seasons leading Ribét Academy, Middlebrooks owned a record of 117-89 (.568) overall, with a 38-15 (.717) mark in Harbor League play and a 19-8 (.704) CIF Playoffs record.

Middlebrooks also led his teams to success off the court and in the classroom, as his Fighting Frogs achieved a team GPA of 3.7 and produced 2 Valedictorians & 1 Salutatorian during his 7 years tenure.

Coach Middlebrooks was named Harbor League Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. He also served as Vice-President of the Harbor League for 2011-12 and Basketball League Coordinator from 2009-12 for the Harbor League. Middlebrooks was Athletic Director at Ribét Academy from 2010 – 12 and served on the WASC Accreditation Committee for Ribét Academy in 2012.

Middlebrooks holds a 156-103 (.602) overall career record in his 9 years as a head coach, highlighted by a CIF Championship in 2010, 3 CIF Championship game appearances, three 20+ win seasons and 2 trips to the State Regional Semifinals.

Academically, Coach Middlebrooks graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors, earning a B.A. in Sports & Recreation Management. He earned A’s in 37 classes. Middlebrooks is a member of 3 national honors societies for his academic performance (Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society and Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society), was named to the Dean’s List 9 different semesters and holds numerous professional certifications.

At conclusion of the 2013-14 season, Middlebrooks said “I am very pleased with our progress. In two seasons we have achieved Top 20 status in the State of California as a basketball program on the court. But more importantly in the classroom we moved from 1 to 15 honor roll students on our roster. This is a tribute to the hard working educators at Cathedral, along with members of my basketball staff that have worked tirelessly to find new ways and resources to provide educational support to our student-athletes. We have also had more families begin to buy in to our new culture. As I have always expressed, there are no short cuts to success. While we have not achieved producing a valedictorian or salutatorian as of yet, I think we are now on the right road and can look to build on a solid foundation.”