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Staples hired as new Scott Central basketball coach

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Scott County Central has hired Frank Staples (center) as their new head basketball coach. Chris Pobst, Staff
SIKESTON -- Scott County Central Superintendent Al McFerren confirmed Tuesday that the Scott County Central Braves basketball team has a new head coach.

Frank Staples will take over the Braves after serving as Scott Central's assistant coach for the past three years under former head coach Kenyon Wright.

"First off I thank God. I'm very excited for this opportunity," Staples said. "It was unexpected, but I'm happy that I'm here. It's an honor to be a part of this great tradition that I've gotten to know over the past three years."

Under Wright, Staples has contributed to three of Scott Central's four-straight Class 1 state championships.

"Frank did a lot of things that opened our eyes as an assistant coach," McFerren said. "He acted the way a head coach would. I was convinced that if we were ever to have the need for a new coach and he was available, he would be a strong candidate."

Staples graduated from Meridian High School in Mounds, Ill., and attended Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill., where he played basketball for the Division III school.

"By no means was I a star," Staples joked. "I was the guy in school that played just about every sport. Having that background, I got to experience some success while in high school and college."

Success and Scott Central basketball have went hand in hand within the Missouri basketball scene. The Braves hold a record 16 state championships -- most for any school in the Show-Me state.

"There's always pressure," Staples said, when asked if there was any pressure being the head coach of such a prestigious basketball school. "First and foremost, coach Wright is such a wonderful coach and a wonderful man and I've learned so much from him and I'm thankful for the opportunity that he gave me. He's set quite a standard with three state titles and all the things that he's done. There's a lot to live up to.

"There's high expectations that come with this job. Being here (for the last few years), I feel like I'm ready and I'm ready to meet the challenge."

Staples was chosen as the front man for one of the most decorated high school basketball positions over more than 30 other applicants.

"As a person, he's just exemplary -- top-notch, "said McFerren about Staples. "I just know that he'll do well in the system and in our school district and for our kids. I think that he will do well. I think he could be here for a very long time if he so desires and I think the district will support him. I'm very confident that he won't let us down."

This is Staples' first head coaching position.

"I'm excited about our program and our kids," he said. "I'm just humbled and honored to be in this position. I'm just thankful for the opportunity and hope to make everybody proud."