West Jessamine hoops job filled
The high-profile basketball coaching vacancy of the year in the 12th Region has been filled as the Lexington Herald-Leader reports that West Jessamine has hired former Lafayette coach Damon Kelley for its boys team.
Kelley was fired earlier this year after seven season as Lafayette’s coach — he spent 14 years on the staff there — but he has landed what is probably an even better job in Nicholasville. West Jessamine reached the Boys Sweet Sixteen semifinals after winning its first regional title this year under Robert Hammonds, who left for Letcher County Central, and the Colts return a number of key players, including senior-to-be guard Jared Polson, one of the top players in the 12th.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Derek Springate, the former Boyle County star who was an assistant coach under Hammonds and hopes to become a head coach in the 12th Region.