By Austin Groshong
The Silex R-1 School District welcomes Ken Jett as its new high school boy’s basketball coach. Jett was hired to coach the varsity team last month and has begun his duties immediately. His official employment is expected to be voted on by the board of education at their June 17 meeting. Jett will be replacing former coach Braden Ham.
“I’m glad to be here,” said Jett. “ I’ve known I’d like to be over here because of the atmosphere. I am looking forward to it. I have had nothing but help since I walked through the door and I really expected that from Silex.”
A graduate of Knox County High School, Jett comes to Silex with 20 years of experience under his belt. During his career, he coached softball at LaPlata High School, basketball at Community R-6 and recently Carrollton High School. He says that he was attracted to Silex due to its small school atmosphere.
“I know the conference since I had been in it two or three years before that,” he said “Silex has always interested me. They have a proud tradition here and it was close to where we live.”
Jett says he looks forward to working with the team.
“I’ve always watched the kids play. They always play with discipline and seemed to play well and work hard. I think it is just a great opportunity to build something,” he said.
Jett says he is looking forward to learning the ropes as a new coach.
“When you start at a new school, you have to do your homework. You have to figure out the system and how things work,” he said. “I still have a lot to figure out.”
Silex Athletic Director Kent Hufty says that Jett will be an asset to the program.
“We are very pleased to have Coach Jett with our school district,” said Hufty. “He is going to be bringing us a lot of experience.”
Jett says that he intends to stress fundamentals to his players going into the upcoming season.
We are going to have to build a base,” he said. “We are going to get some fundamentals. I need young men that are going to work hard and be open minded about things and about how things need to be done. I’ve been involved in this game for a while. I know what it takes to build it. We are going to hit the fundamentals hard.”