With basketball season concluded, I had an opportunity to sit down and visit with Girard High School’s boys basketball coach Rod Wescott.

Years at job: 1
Education: B.S., physical education, Pittsburg State University, 1995
Family: Wife, Lynette; 2 kids: Leah, age 7 and Kyle, age 6

BY MATTHEW CLARK
THE MORNING SUN
GIRARD — With basketball season concluded, I had an opportunity to sit down and visit with Girard High School’s boys basketball coach Rod Wescott.
On Wednesday, Wescott was named the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League boys coach of the year after leading the Trojans to a CNC title and runner-up finish at the Class 4A state basketball tournament.

Q. What was your first trip to the state tournament like?
A. It’s been such a rush and it all happened so fast that I am still taking it all in. Once I get things taken care of from this year, it will coach in.

Q. You have coached 2 CNC League championship teams. Which one feels the most special to you?
A. I don’t know if one was more special than the others. In 2001, we were not supposed to win the league that year. This year, the expectations were high and, to meet them is very satisfying. They were both very exciting.

Q. Now that basketball is over, what are you going to do with your time?
A. I want to spend some time with my family because, during the season, your family gets extended with players and assistant coaches. We are, hopefully, going to have an easy spring and get ready for the summer.

Q. Looking ahead to next year, what are your expectations for Girard High School basketball?
A. We are going to compete and play hard every second on the floor. I really see that happening with this group of kids coming up.

Q. You had eight seniors on the team this season. What will be your last words to them before they graduate?
A. They are going to be successful in whatever they decide to do. The guys have good heads on their shoulders but, for them, I want them to do whatever they want to do in life with as much passion as they had in basketball.