The Blue Springs High School search committee didn’t have to look far to find a replacement for Frank Wheeler, the longtime Wildcats boys basketball coach, who is retiring from the position at the end of this school year.

The Blue Springs High School search committee didn’t have to look far to find a replacement for Frank Wheeler, the longtime Wildcats boys basketball coach, who is retiring from the position at the end of this school year.

Adam Jones, who has been Wheeler’s assistant the past 13 years, has been named the new head coach.

“Adam is a great choice,” said Wheeler, who is hanging up his clipboard after 15 years at Blue Springs to become the school’s activities director. “Adam deserves the chance to be a head coach, and I know he’ll do a great job.”

Jones can’t wait to get started.

“The kids who aren’t in some kind of spring sport at the high school are working out in the weight room and we already have a pretty full schedule for the summer,” Jones said. “This is a great opportunity. I have some big shoes to fill and couldn’t be any more excited.

“It’s like Coach (Tim) Crone (a former head football coach and activities director) told me when I first got here. He said, ‘It won’t be long before you’re bleeding purple and gold.’ I love this school and I am so excited about this opportunity.”

Wheeler didn’t leave the cupboard bare as second-team all-state and Examiner All-Area selection Marvin Clark and second-team All-Area member Jay Corwin will return for their senior seasons.

“We only had two seniors on a team that really finished the season playing well,” Jones said. “Marvin is a real specimen. We were talking the other day and he said he didn’t know there were other body parts you could work on in the weight room – he’d just do bench presses, things like that.

“I think he’s going to have a big senior year. And Jay is in the weight room getting stronger when he isn’t playing baseball (for the Wildcats).”

Jones said he will use many of the coaching philosophies he learned from Wheeler over the past 13 years, plus throw in some of his own ideas.

“I feel so lucky to have worked with Coach Wheeler as long as I did,” Jones said. “I learned a lot from him. He is a class act and did a great job with this program. There are some areas we’re going to concentrate on next year, work to get better on next year. I can’t wait to get started.”