Polk State College has named Brandon Giles as its new head basketball coach.
He follows in the footsteps of his father, Josh Giles, who coached Polk State basketball from 1987 to 1999.
A resident of Auburndale, Fla., Giles most recently served as assistant men's basketball coach at Warner University in Lake Wales.
"I am excited and humbled to announce that I will be the next head basketball coach at Polk State," he said.
"In accepting this job, I realize that I have some very large shoes to fill following Coach Matt Furjanic, as he has built a very successful program. I commend him for all he has done to make Polk State one of the most recognized state college basketball programs in Florida.
"I would also like to thank Athletic Director Bing Tyus and the administration at Polk State for entrusting me as their next coach. I would be remiss if I did not thank everyone from the community who supported me in this process. Your continued support will be pivotal to our program's success."
Giles graduated from Auburndale High School and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology at Western Carolina University.
A three-year starter at Auburndale, he was named 2006 Polk County Player of the Year. After graduating from Western Carolina, where he was a three-time All-Southern Conference player, he played professional basketball in Germany.
"My immediate goal is to focus on recruitment, stabilization of the program, and community involvement," Giles said.
"My ultimate goal is to have a successful program and to ensure that the young men under my direction graduate and move on to the next level of their college and basketball careers.
"I realize that there will be challenges, but I can say without hesitation that I am up for any challenges I will face on the road ahead. I am committed to taking Polk basketball to a higher level.
"I know the support of the community will be key in helping us overcome any bumps in the road; we welcome the support from our business community and the community at large. I was born and raised in Polk County, so needless to say the community and county hold a special place in my heart."
Giles also serves as founder and lead consultant at Brandon Giles Consulting; executive director of the Josh Giles Foundation; consultant to the Chinese National Basketball Team and the Chinese Basketball Association; and assistant state director/program development for USSSA Basketball.
He has been an assistant boys' basketball coach at Auburndale High School and an assistant coach/vice president for Florida Elite Basketball.
"Thirty years ago this month, my father was named head coach of Polk State College, then known as Polk Community College," he said.
"The urging to compare me to my father, the late James 'Josh' Giles, will come naturally. To that, I say I am very proud of my dad and what he accomplished at Polk. My passion for basketball started with him, in the same gym where I will now be coaching.
"I learned a lot about basketball and life from my father during his coaching years, but I am not him. Those are very big shoes to fill as well. If I can achieve half of what my father achieved during his tenure at Polk, then I would consider myself a success. He was a legend in the community college basketball world. I, however, am focused on continuing the winning tradition and preparing young men to soar in their academic and athletic careers."
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