Posted: 9:43 am Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Jim Arbogast back with Gardens basketball 

By Jason Lieser

Palm Beach Gardens athletic director Bill Weed was hoping to find an internal candidate with enough credentials to take over the Gators’ basketball program.

Weed announced today that former coach Jim Arbogast will take the job, ending a two-week search. Arbogast replaces Tony Watson, who was dismissed earlier this month.

Arbogast coached the Gators for 18 seasons before resigning in 2003. Prior to that run, he coached Cardinal Newman for seven seasons and has a combined 403-348 record over 25 years.

He is an institution in the school’s athletic department. Arbogast founded the boys volleyball program in the early 1990s and still coaches that team. He has also coached a variety of other sports at Palm Beach Gardens.

“We’re excited to have him back,” Weed said. “I didn’t know he missed it as much as he did, but you could tell when we talked in the interview that he missed it a lot.”

Weed said hiring an internal candidate was preferable because the school does not have any open teaching jobs to offer an outside coach.

Arbogast will have a significant challenge ahead of him. Weed said junior Chris Minor has transferred to Palm Beach Lakes for his upcoming senior season, leaving the Gators with only two returning players.

“He’s starting over,” Weed said.