Hebron Christian Academy is one of the up and coming athletic programs in Gwinnett County and Bryan Bartley plans to lead the charge.
Bartley was hired as the Dacula private school's athletic director in June and officially begins his duties Friday. He replaces Rick Burlingame, who served as AD for seven years.
"Hebron is growing," Bartley said. "Coming from Landmark and it being a Class A school, I see a lot of similarities. I think I can help serve and grow."
Bartley has an extensive background in marketing, coaching and education.
He spent the last four years as an assistant for the Auburn men's basketball program.
He's also served as head coach at Landmark Christian School and Clarkston and has worked in marketing and sales with the Atlanta Hawks. Bartley is now ready to settle his family with Hebron.
"The fact that it gives my family some stability coming out of college is one thing I liked," Bartley said. "It's a great opportunity because it's a Christian environment."
Hebron has 12 varsity sports and competes in Class A. The Lions' baseball team won the school's first state championship this spring. Bartley will also serve as the head girls basketball coach.
"I think that attracted me more than anything. It allows me to do some creative things," Bartley said of the young program. "There's so much growth in the school and an athletic program helps."
After a three-year playing career at Upsala College, Bartley played one season of professional basketball in Portugal. He worked one season with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and spent five years in the sales and marketing department with the Atlanta Hawks.
Bartley began his coaching career at Clarkston where he was a junior varsity basketball coach. He became head coach at Landmark in 2001 where he coached future NBA player Randolph Morris and led the team to two state playoff appearances.
Bartley spent four years as an assistant at Auburn before coming to Hebron.
The 2008-09 team went 24-12 with the second-most wins in school history.
"It was God led and God led me here and hopefully I can do a good job," Bartley said.