Providence Day’s Director of Athletics Nancy Beatty recently announced that long time Charger coach, Brian Field, will be stepping down as Head Varsity Basketball Coach and transitioning into a new role in the basketball program. Coach Field has been the head coach for 15 years and a member of the PD Basketball staff for 21 years.
Coach Field attended Providence Day School for thirteen years and graduated in 1994. As a Charger, he played three years of varsity basketball and captained the team his senior year to the semi-final round of the NCISAA playoffs. He went on to play two years for Sewanee: The University of the South, before a knee injury transitioned him to a student assistant coach. He lettered all four years and upon graduation, taught and coached basketball and baseball in Mobile, AL for two years at UMS-Wright Preparatory School. In 2000 he returned to Providence Day as a faculty member and coach working as an assistant under David Carrier and teaching 8th grade Global Perspectives.
After six years as an assistant, Field took the reins of the program in the spring of 2006. Since then his teams have qualified for the NCISAA state tournament every year in addition to winning six consecutive CISAA conference titles between 2013-2018.
In 2016, the Chargers were considered one of the top teams in the nation, earning a ranking as high as #9 in the nation. They won the NCISAA state title in what many media outlets called one of the toughest state titles to win in America. They were chosen to participate in the prestigious Dick’s Nationals Tournament in New York City and their game was aired nationally on ESPNU. The team won the Chick-Fil-A National Tournament in 2017 and were 2x Hoodie’s House National Bracket champions in 2015 and 2016. The team has traveled extensively throughout the United States appearing in many of the top tournaments in the nation and in 2017 they were one of the few US teams invited to play in Beijing, China.
Coach Field has won several coaching accolades from various publications like the Charlotte Observer, South Charlotte News, and South Charlotte Weekly. In 2016, USA Today named him the North Carolina Coach of the Year. He coached the West team in the North Carolina All-Star game in 2009, and for the last five seasons, he has served as the co-director of the North Carolina Private School All-Star game. He has spoken at various coaching clinics, and he is also the director for the Sean May Basketball camp hosted each summer at Providence Day School. In 2018, Championship Productions produced three basketball instructional videos featuring the team and coaching staff that covered various aspects of the game. As Coach Field prepares to move to more administrative responsibilities, he leaves behind an impressive career record of 259-181 which stands as the most wins of any coach in program history.
Reflecting on his basketball career, Coach Field had this to say: “Ever since I was a middle school student, I dreamed of becoming the head coach at PDS. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined all the relationships, experiences, championships and memories that were in store for me. It has been a true honor and joy to lead this program for the last 15 years, and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity and the wonderful people who contributed to all our success.
After much thought and prayer, I concluded that it was time for me to spend more quality time with my family. I will miss many things about being the head coach, but the time is right for me and for our program for the torch to be passed. I am excited for all that the future has in store for PDS Basketball and to transition into this new role within the program. I cannot wait to support the new head coach and to cheer on our team from the stands.”