By DAVID MILLER
News Sports Editor
Keenan Curry, who has college coaching experience as an assistant, has been hired to be the next coach of the Ponca City Wildcats boys basketball team.
The hiring was approved Monday night by the Ponca City Board of Education.
Curry comes to Ponca City having served the past two seasons as assistant coach at Division I Prairie View A&M located in Prairie View, Texas.
The past season he was also the team’s recruiting coordinator.
Before his years at Prairie View, he had a two-year stint as an assistant in NCAA Division II Emporia State (Kan.). At Emporia, he played a large role in helping the Hornets achieve their most wins in five years following the 2013-14 season. ESU finished with 18 wins in Curry’s final season and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the MIAA Tournament. A total of six players earned MIAA Honors under Curry’s watch with four players named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.
Off the court, Curry wore several hats as ESU’s camp coordinator, social media director, recruiting coordinator and academic liaison. As camp coordinator, Curry forged relationships with the nationally acclaimed University of Kansas men’s basketball program and had four Jayhawks serve as camp guests and speakers during ESU’s annual basketball camps.
Prior to ESU, Curry spent two seasons as an assistant basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College At Fort Scott, Curry coached three players whom averaged in double figures in his final season at FSCC while also helping the team rank fourth in free throw percentage amongst Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference teams. Curry, who also played two seasons at FSCC from 2007 to 2009, was also in charge of film exchange, opponent breakdowns, summer camps and team workouts.
Curry graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2011 and holds a master’s in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Emporia State.
“I am excited with the hire,” Ponca City athletic director Jared Freeman said. “I think he will be a good one and bring some energy into the program.”
Curry plans on meeting with Ponca City basketball players on May 23.