Fort Cherry filled its vacant boys varsity basketball coaching position Monday night when the school board approved the hiring of D.J. Gambridge.
A standout during his playing days at Bethel Park, Gambridge played at Thiel College before returning to the area. He most recently served as an assistant coach for Danny Holzer at Upper St. Clair.
Gambridge replaced Brent Fleissner, who spent two years as the Rangers coach. Fleissner was also Fort Cherry's athletic director, but left both positions when told he had to give one up. Like many schools, Fort Cherry will have AD duties assumed by another administrator. In this case, it will be assistant principal Bob Motte.
The Gambridge hiring marks the second time in recent years that Fort Cherry hired an assistant of Holzer's as its head coach. Former Duquesne University player Brad Midgley coached Fort Cherry for two seasons (2007-09) before getting the same post at Franklin Regional.
Fort Cherry also hired Shawn Palmer as girls volleyball coach.