Kennett girls basketball coach Jim Vaughan resigns

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Photo by Dustin Ward, staff
Kennett coach Jim Vaughan (pictured) resigned as girls basketball coach Tuesday.

KENNETT, Mo. - The Kennett Indians high school girls basketball program will have a new leader next season.

The Kennett Board of Education accepted the resignation of Jim Vaughan as its varsity girls basketball coach at its monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Vaughan had served as varsity girls basketball coach at Kennett for the past two seasons.

The Kennett girls went 16-13 in the 2016-17 season and won its first district title since 2011. Kennett went 15-11 in the 2015-16 season under Vaughan.

I had the good fortune of having a great group of kids that could handle adversity, Vaughan said in a phone interview with Dunklin Democrat Wednesday. I was spoiled with the group I got to coach for two years. But the group that is graduating has left a good legacy and a good, solid foundation. The program is in good shape moving forward with four juniors that will be seniors next year. Weve got a good core coming back, and also had two successful junior high teams this year, so there is a real good future for this program.

The 2016-17 season was Vaughans 23rd in coaching. Vaughan worked for two years as an assistant boys basketball coach at Greenville and seven years as an assistant basketball coach at Poplar Bluff before serving as the varsity boys basketball coach at Twin Rivers for three years. He then served as the varsity boys basketball coach at Kennett from the 2006 to 2016 before taking over the girls program.

Vaughan said he will remain in the district next year as an avid supporter of Kennett athletics.

I will never rule out coaching again, Vaughan said, when asked if he would ever consider returning to the bench someday. Its the only thing I ever wanted to do. I knew that from a young age probably because I wasnt smart enough to do anything else. Its always going to be in me, and regardless of if Im sitting on the bench or not, Ill be a real good sideline coach for a lot of people. Im going to be there for our coaches and assist them and support them in any way I can.

"But coaching will always be a part of me and Im appreciative of the career Ive had because a lot of people dont get to do it as long as I have, he added. "To me, its one of the most rewarding careers you can have. You definitely have some lows, but your high are extreme highs not only in terms of wins and losses, but when kids have success after high school and in their adult lives."

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