Summit Christian Academy announced Wednesday that Jacob Derritt has been selected as the new head boys basketball coach.
Derritt comes to SCA from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, where he served as a varsity assistant coach. He has also been a head coach in the MOKAN basketball league.
Derritt replaces Jake Kates who started the SCA basketball program 15 years ago. Kates, who also served as the school’s athletic director for 13 years, resigned last month to become the head boys basketball coach at William Chrisman High School.
SCA Athletic Director Lance Quessenberry said he is excited to have Derritt on his coaching staff.
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“He has a unique skill of building relationships with young men,” Quessenberry said. “His love of the game and for kids will make the boys’ basketball program one that students want to be a part of. Additionally, I look for our boys’ basketball program to continue to excel under Coach Derritt’s leadership.”
The Eagles went 18-6 in Kate’ final season, ending with an undefeated record in the Crossroads Conference before falling to Barstow in the semifinal game of the Class 3 district tournament. Kates left SCA with a 252-120 career record, reaching the Class 3 state tournament in 2009 and making two other quarterfinal appearances.
Despite the past success of the program, Derritt said he looks forward to even greater things for the team.
“I expect to pick up where Coach Kates left off and build on the solid foundation he laid,” Derritt said. “I believe Summit Christian has the potential to be one of the premier basketball programs in the city and I hope to take it to the next level.”