GOSHEN — Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial high schools have new boys basketball coaches with one being a veteran and the other a first timer.
Former Jimtown High School coach Randy DeShone is the new mentor at Central while former Crimson Charger player Kyle Sears is the new face at Memorial.
DeShone guided the Jimmies from 1991 to 2011 to a 241-201 record, including the only boys state basketball title ever won by an Elkhart County school with the Class 2A championship in 2004.
“Randy is well-known in the area for his superior coaching,” Central Principal Frank Serge said in a press release. “He brings with him a legacy of developing players to their full potential and of understanding how to outplay the competition.”
He left coaching when he became an assistant principal at Jimtown.
“I missed coaching. I love it,” he said. “I have always thought Central was a great place to coach. The program has a lot of tradition.”
DeShone is hitting the ground with his feet running.
“I’m on my way to a meeting with parents and players,” he said during a phone interview Wednesday night. “Then we start workouts on Thursday. Central has a great bunch of kids that want to learn how to play the game.”
DeShone is going back into the classroom as he has accepted a position teaching math at Central.
“Teaching and coaching are two things I have always liked,” he said. “The two have a lot in common. In both you have the joy of teaching kids and the thrill of seeing things come together.”
Sears is a 2002 Memorial and a 2006 Bethel College graduate. His coaching experience includes six seasons as an assistant at Memorial and one at Elkhart Christian Academy.
“I’m very thankful to be back at my alma mater,” he said in a phone interview on Wednesday. “I'm excited both to be coaching and for getting the chance to work with youth from the school I came from.