Bryan Hughes has been coaching basketball for more than half of his life, he’s received numerous accolades for his team’s success, but one award in particular still brings him great pride.
For the third time, Barr-Reeve’s Bryan Hughes has been named the District 3 Basketball Coach of the Year. He led his 2013-14 team to a 26-2 record and a spot in the school’s fourth state championship game. He has 384-142 mark in 22 seasons with the Vikings.
He was also named to the award at Fountain Central in 1991 and at Barr-Reeve in 2012. He also served as an Indiana All-Star assistant coach in 2003.
Overall, Hughes has a 497-190 record in 29 seasons, including 12 conference, 13 sectional, four regional and four semistate crowns.
Hughes is a 1978 graduate of Covington High School and a 1982 graduate of the University of Indianapolis. He has bachelor’s degrees from UIndy and Indiana State as well as a master’s degree in business education from Indiana State. He played basketball, football, baseball and tennis in high school and was a three-year basketball letterman and two-year captain at Indianapolis.
“Personally this has always been the one coaching award that meant the most, because it’s strictly voted upon by all the other head coaches,” Hughes said. “When you receive an award that your peers have something to do with, it’s humbling and obviously we had a great year. Ever since I got into coaching, it’s been one of those awards that I’ve always thought was one of the top individual coaching awards that you could get.”
The relationship between Hughes, Barr-Reeve and the Montgomery community seems to fit so well together, but nobody, not even Hughes would have told you he planned to be here for 22 years. Along the way, Hughes established himself as one of the best coaches in the state of Indiana.