Fulton City High School’s boys’ basketball team is being placed into the hands of a seasoned veteran that knows how to win at the highest levels.
Steve Dreher was officially announced as the head coach of the Bulldogs basketball program Monday evening, returning to the First District where he coached from 1984-1988. Dreher takes over the program that was 8-19 last season and had been coached by Jim Long for the last five seasons. Long has taken a coaching position at Hickman County.
Dreher brings 14 years of head basketball coaching experience to his new position, where he amassed a 258-169 career record. After four seasons at Symsonia, beginning in 1980, he spent four years as head coach at Carlisle County High School, six years at Paducah Tilghman, and then one year at Lone Oak before leaving education for private ventures in 1995.
During his coaching tenure, Dreher was named First Region Coach of the Year three times – at three different schools - in 1984, 1986, and 1991. And, he was the Runner-up Coach of the Year in the state of Kentucky in 1991, when his Tilghman Tornado team won the First Region title and advanced to the state Final Four.
That 1991 team still holds the school record for wins with 32, and they were ranked as high as third in the state of Kentucky. That regional title was his second First Region title as a head coach, winning his first the year before at Tilghman.
Dreher, who was always respected as a strong fundamental coach, is still active in skill development through his work in camps at the SportsPlex in Paducah. His teams were tenacious on defense and passed the wealth around, scoring from inside and out. Other coaches compliment the behavior and sportsmanship of his teams, a trait Dreher models as evidenced by him receiving the First Region Officials Sportsmanship award in 1992.
Dreher will be teaching history and English at Fulton City High School, laying down roots in the lives of the students to help grow the same winning tradition that has followed him throughout his career.