Scottsburg High School has found its new boys basketball coach.
The school announced on its official boys basketball Twitter account that the Scottsburg School District 2 has approved the hiring of Brent Jameson as the 21st boys basketball coach in school history. The vote to hire Jameson was a unanimous 5-0.
Scottsburg finished a woeful 1-22 last season under Brady Wells, and the Warriors were winless in their class and section. Their lone win came against Class 2-A opponent Eastern (Pekin) on Dec. 1, 2015, a 58-55 victory.
After hearing about the job opening, the former Seymour High School assistant coach pounced at the opportunity to take his first head coaching job.
“I know about the rich tradition in Scottsburg,” Jameson said in a phone interview. “In Seymour we played them every year and I had a lot of respect for coach Wells. I thought it was a fantastic prospective job so I immediately looked into it.”
Jameson comes to Scottsburg with a unique background. After growing up in Corunna, Michigan and playing basketball at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Jameson moved to the west coast, joining the Sacramento High School basketball team coaching staff from 2009-2012. While in Sacramento, Calif. his teams won two regional titles and made it to semi state. After his stint at Sacramento High School, Jameson made the step up to Division II Ohlone College in Freemont, Calif. where he served as an assistant for one season. But the call to return to the Midwest with his family was strong, and in 2013 he moved to Seymour to team up with Kyle Clough, Seymour’s boys basketball head coach and a former high school teammate of Jameson.
In his three years in Indiana, Jameson has come to understand the distinct expectations and pressures placed on basketball coaches.
“We got a taste of it tonight,” Jameson said of basketball in the Hoosier state. “My wife and I went to the school board meeting and (3,677-seat) Meyer Gym. Since we moved here we’ve been totally at home with Indiana basketball. Driving home with my wife, I told her “would it be like this in any other state?” I kind of thrive on the pressure and expectations but just how much people care about (basketball) is unique.”
With a team coming off a 22-loss season, most coaches would be focused on building for the future, but Jameson is confident that the team can see some success this season. He plans on meeting with his new team this week and setting up his coaching staff and summer practice and scrimmage schedule in the days to come.
“They were really young,” Jameson said of last year’s Warriors squad. “They had freshman and couple of sophomores playing. Those younger players have a ton of potential. Mitchell Meagher, who was their best player, was out all season with an injury. They had bad luck there. He’s an all-league type player so that was a big blow.”