Kenny Weast

Kenny Weast

The Duncan Banner

Tuesday was supposed to be about basketball at Comanche. Instead, it was about a man who loved basketball.

Throughout the years, fewer families have meant more to a high school basketball program than the Weast family has meant to Comanche. Sadly, a chapter in the relationship came to a close when CHS boys head coach Kenny Weast died at the age of 48 Jan. 1.

Family and friends descended on Comanche for Weast’s funeral, which was held at Tommy Weast Gymnasium, named after his father, who began a tradition of success at the high school.

Many in attendance were drawn to the relationship of basketball in Weast’s life given the setting, but in truth, his life was so more than that. It merely scratches the surface of what Weast was about and the impact he had on others.

“He wanted to put a banner up in the gym but banners are so overrated,” brother Aaron Weast said. “He coached the right way. I don’t know of a greater man, his teams played by his example. It was a blessing to have him here.

“We didn’t lose a coach, we’re losing a great man that led by example.”

Weast was in his fifth year at Comanche following stops at Tuttle, Roff, Ninnekah and Luther. Coming back to Comanche gave him an opportunity to come home and be near family while coaching the team he played for growing up.

“It’s a family business, he has been very successful everywhere that he has been,” Aaron Weast said. “He was five overtimes from going to state at Roff twice and he was a half-court shot from going to state here at Comanche.

“I don’t know how good it was for him to come back to Comanche but for us, it was great. He planned to retire at Comanche, it was something that he wanted. To coach in the place he grew up and being able to do it in the gym that was named after your dad.”

Weast’s impact was not limited to his players. His peers in the profession saw in him the same qualities that his family experienced. A man who knew how to smile and got the most out of life.

“The thing about Kenny is he was a good-hearted person,” Duncan coach Mikel Davison said. “On the floor and off the floor, he was two different guys. The guys I love the most are the guys that love the game. He was passionate and he was one of the best offensive coaches that I ever faced.”

Davison and Weast had a history that dated back over the years on a competitive level. They first faced off when Davison was the coach at Bray-Doyle and Weast coached at Ninnekah but also extended off the court where they played league basketball together.

“Both of us hated to lose,” Davison said. “I loved him. I considered him a good coaching friend. He loved his family, loved the Lord and loved basketball.”

Weast had several interests outside of basketball. Among those were bowhunting, a topic he was especially high on during the fall, and movies. He was blessed to have been able to marry the love of his life Jennifer and had two boys, Jay and Bo, both of whom graduated from Comanche.

“It meant a lot for Kenny to see both of his kids graduate from Comanche,” Aaron Weast said. “Jay was in athletics and he learned a lot from his dad, they played a lot alike. Bo was heavily involved in academics. Kenny kept it even-keel with both kids and was a big movie buff. Bo and him loved going to the movies and that would come back and that was one of the ways that they spent time together.”

What makes the loss so crushing for family and friends is in the speed in which it happened. Within the span of nine days, Weast went from a seizure to losing brain activity. He did get to spend Christmas with his immediate family but the Weast Christmas never came to pass as presents awaiting his return from the hospital still lie unopened under a tree.

“We were praying that it was a small tumor,” Aaron Weast said. “In surgery we found out that it was cancerous, they said they hadn’t seen one that fast-growing in 30 years. I know that people lose their brothers and sisters but I’m having a hard time with this. I don’t know if I can go through this anymore.

“There are a lot of things I will miss about him that don’t involve coaching. It was a blessing to have him here.”



— Michael Pineda is the sports editor for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 143, or via e-mail at m.pineda@duncanbanner.com.

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