High School Basketball

Westwood hoops coach stepping down after recording-breaking season

Westwood High boys basketball coach Ty Baumgardner is stepping down after one season, according athletics director Jason Powell.

Powell said Baumgardner is moving back to Georgia.

Baumgardner led the Redhawks to a school-record 25-2 mark this season and tied for the Region 3-4A championship with eventual state champion Ridge View. Westwood lost in the second round of the playoffs to Greenville.

Before coming to Westwood, Baumgardner won more than 300 games at stops in Georgia and North Carolina. He spent four seasons at Collins High in Suwanee, Georgia, where he was 82-28 and had a pair of 20-win seasons. Collins High went 20-8 this year and lost in the first round of the Georgia Class 7A playoffs.

Baumgardner coached 10 seasons at Olympic High School in Charlotte. He led the Trojans to a 30-0 record and the 2013 Class 4A title. The team finished nationally ranked by MaxPreps and USA Today.

Baumgardner went 229-63 at Olympic, including 109-9 in his final four seasons.

Westwood will be losing five seniors from this year’s squad, including Class 4A Player of Year Russell Jones.