ECS hires long time Dunbar head coach Dwayne Donnell
A move from Dunbar High School to Evangelical Christian School for long time TIgers head coach Dwayne Donnell sent shockwaves throughout the Southwest Florida high school basketball community, Monday.
“You don’t often have people come to you and say they would like to have you, that you are the guy for their program,” said Donnell.
Donnell makes the move to ECS after 21 years at the helm of the Dunbar program.
Donnell was the first and only girls basketball coach at Dunbar since the school and program were reopened in 2000 but it was ECS athletic director, and former Dunbar boys basketball assistant coach, Scott Guttery that lured the Lee County hall of famer away from Dunbar.
“Scott is a fantastic salesman,” joke Donnell.
“Scott is a fantastic person.”
Guttery and Donnell were both on staff at Dunbar in 2001 and have both coached Lee County programs to state championships.
Guttery coached the Fort Myers boys to a state title in 2010 and Donnell followed suit at Dunbar two years later.
Thanks to that relationship, Guttery made the call when Madison Barker decided to step down from the ECS head coaching position.
“I decided I wanted to go after the best coach I knew,” Guttery said.
“And Dwayne is, quite honestly, the best coach I know, boys or girls basketball, in the area.”
Since beginning his highschool basketball coaching career 27 years ago, Donnell has won more than 500 career games but with ECS upgrading every athletic facility on campus within the last year, Donnell wanted to be a part of something new.
“It’s easy to be a part of a program that has visions that are astronomical,” he said.
Donnell inherits an ECS program that lost just five games during the 2020-2021 season as he closes in on 600 career wins.
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