Two longtime coaches at Oak Grove High School recently stepped down from their positions.
Boys basketball coach Ty Hames took a position as an assistant principal at Oak Grove Middle School, so he resigned from his position. Girls basketball coach Jared Broughton is going to Lee’s Summit West to take over its program.
Dustin Fox, who was the coach at Knob Noster the past four years will take over for Hames as boys coach while Broughton’s replacement is yet to be determined.
Hames, who couldn’t be reached for comment, was the boys coach for nine years and had a 139-93 overall record with one district championship during the 2010-11 season.
“We’re going to miss Ty. He did a great job with this program,” said Oak Grove activities director Darin Sehlke. “He worked with the youth programs and helped build it from the ground up. He established a strong basketball tradition at Oak Grove. He’ll still be around to help a little bit with the direction of the program.”
Fox has had a close relationship with Hames, working under him as a student assistant at Moberly and working with him at camps over the summer. Fox also had a four-year stint as an assistant coach for Warrensburg. At Knob Noster, he compiled a 43-60 record in four years.
“Dustin had a close working relationship with Ty and he is a high energy guy like Ty,” Sehlke said. “He knocked the interview out of the park and should be a great fit here.”
“I always wanted to coach in the Kansas City area,” Fox said. “I felt like Oak Grove was the best fit for me as a coach and as a teacher. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the kids at Oak Grove.”
Fox said he doesn’t know what type of system he will run with the Panthers, but has some philosophies he will bring to the team.
“I believe in a motion offense where everyone gets to touch the ball. That way, everyone is invested and involved,” Fox said. “I will have to see what type of team I have to determine how we’ll play. If we can, I would like to get out on the fast break as much as possible. That’s the easiest way to score.”
On the girls side, Broughton stepped down after five seasons with the Panthers in which he compiled a 56-70 record. He said he applied for the coaching job at Lee’s Summit West on a whim and ended up getting it.
“Next thing I know, I got an interview and I was offered the job, which is kind of crazy,” Broughton said. “I really had no intentions to leave and this opportunity just popped up.”
Broughton will jump from coaching a Class 4 to a Class 5 program, which won a district championship this season and made the state quarterfinals.
“I want to build on the foundation they already created,” Broughton said. “I just want to add my own spin to it and hopefully accomplish even bigger and better things.”
Sehlke a replacement for Broughton could be determined as early as mid-May.
“I really enjoyed working with Jared,” Sehlke said. “The way he worked with the girls was always in a positive manner. He was very highly involved with the youth program. He tried to build it from top to bottom. He was a great coach, and we wish him the best. It was one of those offers he couldn’t refuse.”