JAMESTOWN – Jamestown High School has announced its 2019 commencement speaker.
School officials said 2005 Jamestown High School graduate and current University of Alabama assistant basketball coach Bryan Hodgson will address students on graduation night.
Hodgson is in his first season as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama and was one of the first hires made by first-year head coach Nate Oats.
Hodgson came to the University of Alabama after having spent four seasons with Oats at the University of Buffalo where together they helped take the men’s basketball program to unprecedented heights.
While there, Hodgson helped guide the Bulls to three NCAA Tournament appearances and three Mid-American Conference tournament championships, while also earning a pair of MAC regular season titles. In addition, Buffalo reached the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons.
“I am humbled and honored to return home to Jamestown to serve as commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2019,” said Hodgson. “The city of Jamestown, and Jamestown High School, will always hold a special place in my heart and I am excited to share my story. Several coaches and teachers at JHS have played a huge part in my rise as a college basketball coach and I am thrilled to show students from the same background as myself that anything is possible with hard work and determination.”
Hodgson played two seasons at Jamestown Community College, serving as a two-year captain, before heading to the Fredonia State, where he finished his education and served as an assistant coach.
He is the founder of the I-90 Elite AAU Basketball Team, assisting a number of players earning college scholarships.
Hodgson also has served as a counselor at a number of prestigious camps, including Duke, Maryland, West Virginia, Syracuse, Michigan State, amongst others.
Hodgson earned his undergraduate degree in sports management from Fredonia State in 2011 and his master’s in education from the University of the Southwest in 2015.
The school’s commencement ceremony is set for Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. in the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater.