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Brad Randall to be inducted into the IHSAA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame

The 2009 Solon Spartans, champions of the 2A basketball tournament, with Head Coach Brad Randall. (photo by Doug Lindner)

SOLON– Brad Randall, of Cedar Rapids formerly from Solon, will be inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Randall, a 1979 Solon High School graduate, recipient of a B.A. from the University of Dubuque in 1983 and an M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1991, is now a real estate developer in Eastern Iowa who spent 21 years, 1994-2014, head coaching for the Solon Community School District.
Randall boasts 21 consecutive winning seasons culminating in a record of 368-118, a 75.7 percent win ratio.
He won eight conference titles:1999, 2000, 2006-2011; 10 district championship titles: 2000, 2005-2013 (nine consecutive); four sub-state championships: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010; four state tournament trips: 2006– defeated in first round, the first trip for Solon since 1973, 2008 third place, 2009 first place and 2010 second place (all defeats were to eventual state champions).
The 2009 2A championship was the district’s first.
The Spartans’ tournament run– an 84-44 waltz over Central Lee in the first round, a gut-wrenching, emotionally exhausting double-overtime 83-80 battle against Western Christian, and defeated Pella Christian 55-41 in the final as part of a 28-0 season for the team.
From 2008-2010, Randall guided teams amassed 35 consecutive victories and compiled 48 consecutive road victories from 2006-2011. His list of accolades include 1999 Iowa City Press-Citizen Coach of the Year; WaMaC Coach of the Year 2009, 2010 and 2011; Sub-State Coach of the Year 2006 and 2009; Cedar Rapids Gazette/KCRG-TV Coach of the Year 2010; and IBCA State of Iowa Class 2A Coach of the Year 2009 and IBCA All Star Game Coach.
Randall’s ties to leadership transcend the hardwood of the basketball court, including serving as a Solon City Council member from 2006-2010, Solon Mayor Pro Tempore 2009-2010 and as St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Council President.
His experiences playing at Solon High School during his youth included being a four sport athlete competing in football, basketball, track and baseball; serving as Captain of the football, basketball, track and baseball teams his senor year and was a two-year recipient of all conference honors in baseball. His basketball career was under the tutelage of Jerry Doyle.
While juggling 21 years of success on the courts, Brad Randall cultivated 30 years of wedded bliss with wife Regina and parented two daughters, Maggie and Libbie.
If success can be measured in longevity, Coach Randall’s admittance to the Hall of Fame exclusive club has only been a matter of time.