Carroll High School, on Monday, ended the wait and named their next head coach for boys basketball. Ryan Abbott will assume the position for the Chargers during the 2021-22 season, leaving the same position he held at Eastside.
Abbott was named the new Carroll head coach on Monday. It marks his return to the school after being an assistant for four years before his tenure at Eastside.
Abbott has been the head coach at Eastside for the past nine seasons, compiling a record of 117-95 during that time. He is coming off the second best season in his career, winning 17 games. Abbott’s best mark was 20-5 during the 2017-18 season but he was never able to win a postseason title.
Last season, Eastside went 17-8, including a fourth place 7-4 in the NECC. Carroll’s 2020-21 season saw them go 18-7 finishing a second best 8-1 in the SAC.
In his nine year career, Abbott has had five winning seasons. Of his four below .500 seasons at Eastside, three of them were between 2018-2020 but he swung that momentum back his way with last season’s effort, coming close to playing conference spoiler at Westview and at Churubusco in the second half of the season. Eastside reached the Sectional final in Class 2A this past spring before falling to Churubusco 49-41.
Carroll will be looking to rebound and reload after another great season. The Chargers have had eight straight winning seasons that have included three Sectional titles. Marty Beasley had been Carroll’s coach for the past 16 seasons and Abbott becomes just the fourth Carroll head coach in the past 30 seasons following Beasley, Rob Irwin and Kent Lochmueller.
Carroll graduated four of their top five scorers from last season and Jalen Jackson, who was to be their top returner, has transferred to Northrop with his mother, Katie Jackson, taking over girls basketball for the Bruins. As of now, junior to be Charlie Rudolph and senior to be Logan Lankenau are set to be the top returners for the program that will bring back just over 12 percent of their scoring for 2021-22.