Viera boys basketball coach Brett Fink retires


Viera High boys basketball coach Brett Fink, who led the Hawks to their best season in school history two years ago, has announced his retirement.

Viera Voice Carl Kotala

Brett Fink brought stability, and success, back to the Viera High boys basketball program.

But after an 18-year coaching career – the last three with the Viera boys -- the 42-year-old is retiring from coaching.

“I have some health issues,” Fink said. “I had back surgery at the end of last year at the end of the season. I’ve got to get those things resolved just for quality of life stuff.

“I’ve got a beautiful wife at home. I think she’s ready for me to spend some time with her.”

Fink led the Hawks to a winning record in two of his three seasons as the boys head coach, including the most successful season in Viera history in 2017-18.

During that campaign, Viera set a record for most wins in a season (19), won the third district title in program history and advanced to the regional semifinals for just the second time.

In addition to losing two key players to graduation from that team, the Hawks also lost three more for various reasons right before the start of the 2018-19 season and struggled to a 6-15 mark.

Still, there is no question what kind of impact Fink had on the Hawks program. According to season records listed on MaxPreps, Viera basketball has had four seasons with a record of .500 or better. Fink had two of the them.

“He brought stability back to our program in a short time,” Viera athletic director Chris Gallagher said of Fink. “He developed a winning mentality by year two where we were able to get to the regional semifinals, which is as far as we’ve gotten as a school.

“He made us competitive again.”

Fink started coaching base-league teams in the Navy, then served as an assistant at what is now known as Eastern Florida State College. He then spent seven years coaching the Cocoa Beach girls, before going to work with the UCF women’s program for three years.

He came to Viera in 2016 and coached the girls team for one season before moving over to coach the boys. He will continue to teach psychology and U.S. history at the school and has a lot of good memories of the players he has coached.

“We’ve had great kids,” Fink said. “I don’t necessarily mean all great basketball players, but just the best kids you could imagine. Respectful. Hard working. Responsible. Caring. Kind.

“… It’s been a pleasure coaching them, it really has.”