Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2005

Spring Hill assistant tapped for Cardinal boys coach

April 21, 2005

Eudora's search for its new boys head basketball coach ended last week with the hiring of Kyle Deterding.

Deterding will take over for Scott Stein, who resigned at the end of the 2004-2005 season.

Deterding is currently an assistant coach at Spring Hill and comes from an extensive basketball background.

"I know a lot about him (Deterding), since he's been in the district," Eudora Activities Director Dave Durkin said. "He comes from a good basketball background."

Deterding played basketball at Wellsville High School before going on to play college ball at Baker University. He garnered all-conference honors during his playing career, while setting new marks for the Wildcats in steals and assists from 1996-2000.

During his four years of coaching at Spring Hill, Deterding has been on the radar of many in the district, including Durkin.

"I've seen him coach for four years," Durkin said. "He has a real good understanding of the game."

This will be Deterding's first head coaching job, and he is looking forward to the challenge.

"I've always wanted the opportunity to go it on my own and see if I can do it," Deterding said. "I know we have great assistants, and I'm looking forward to seeing what we can get done."

After approximately 70 applications were reviewed, Deterding was one of five finalists for the head coaching job and ultimately had the qualities that Durkin and the rest of those involved in the hiring process were looking for.

"He's a young coach and he brings a lot of enthusiasm," Durkin said. "We could tell during the interview process that he wanted to be here. He wanted to be in Eudora."

"I really like the location," Deterding said. "I'm familiar with the area and know that they have good kids and great facilities."

Deterding will not be totally unfamiliar to some of the players and parents in Eudora.

The new coach, who will also teach math, has taught driver's education over the past few summers within the district.

"Some of the kids know him from driver's education," Durkin said. "So that will help a little bit with the familiarity."

The familiarity also extends to the basketball side. Spring Hill competes in the same league as Eudora, and the coach has seen his new team from the other side of the court.

"I watched them when I was at Spring Hill," Deterding said. "I know that they have a couple of good guards coming back, so it should be interesting."

While at Spring Hill, Deterding was an assistant to a 14-8 squad that lost to Louisburg in the sub-state regional semifinals. The loss came at -- of all places -- Eudora High School.

The new coach currently lives in Overland Park, but plans to eventually move to Eudora.

He will meet with the players for the first time Friday.

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