Just two weeks removed from losing their head boy’s basketball coach, the USD 248 Board of Education in Girard has found a replacement.

Just two weeks removed from losing their head boy’s basketball coach, the USD 248 Board of Education in Girard has found a replacement.
With the departure of Zach Martin for an administrative post at Riverton High School, the board in Girard, during a special meeting to discuss a bond project, approved the hiring of Rod Wescott — current head boy’s basketball coach at Northeast High School — as its new head coach on Thursday night.
“I am excited about it,” Wescott said. “It is a good move for me and for my family and we are excited about it.”
Wescott, coming off a 5-16 year with the Vikings, will inherit a Girard team that made its second straight appearance in the Class 4A state basketball tournament — finishing second, its highest in school history.
“There are some great kids coming back and I have watched them and coached against them since junior high,” Wescott said. “I feel like it is a great environment and it is a great opportunity to be successful, not just next year but down the road.”
He said that his departure from Northeast was not as easy decision to make after 12 years at the helm of the boy’s basketball program.
“We had some young kids and I was very pleased because we had a good group and we came a long way,” Wescott said. “We improved every game.”
He said that he has made several longtime friends during his time at Arma.
“I made some good connections here and made a lot of friends and there are a lot of good people here,” Wescott said. “This was a tough decision but the timing was there and the opportunity was too good to pass up.”
He replaces Martin, who steered the Trojans to consecutive appearances in the Class 4A state basketball tournament over the last two years — finishing third two years ago and second last year.
“I have known Zach since he started and he was playing when I started,” Wescott said. “He has had these kids in his system for a long time so there will be some adjustment and there will be some high aspirations.
“I expect us to come out and play hard every night and get better every night and that is my goal right now.”

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140