Joining the Duncan Demons ranks a season ago under Coach David McGuire’s staff, Coach Brandon Kephart will make the move from assistant coach to head coach, taking the Girls Basketball head position for the Lady Demons.
Kephart, who had stops at Altus and Cache as a head coach before coming to Duncan this past year, received the official hire at the May 12 Duncan Board of Education meeting to take over for Coach Mike Fitts.
Bobby Cook, Duncan Athletic Coordinator, said it was very unfortunate he had to accept Fitts’ retirement, but is happy to hire someone like Kephart to replace him.
“It is a very unfortunate series of events that led to coach (Fitts) having to retire — and talk about a great human being — so that was a tough scenario,” Cook said. “We were very fortunate to have a candidate already in house (who) has been a head coach and I have known Coach Kephart for quite some time, back to both of us being at Lawton Public Schools. We are fortunate to bring a guy in that not only has been highly successful at the high school level as a player but (also) as a coach as well.”
Being a MacArthur graduate from Lawton, Kephart has some history of watching the Duncan Lady Demons basketball programs. Getting to witness it first hand this past season, he said he’s happy to accept the position and is ready to continue the tradition.
“Just from the outside looking in, when I was in high school the Duncan Girls program was always a prestigious program and I always loved to watch the Duncan Girls team,” Kephart said. “They were so good and just talking about last year, I thought Fitts and his staff did a really good job. There is a lot of talent on this team that is coming back. Just from those things — with the prestige and how good the program is from top to bottom. Even in the seventh grade group, there is a lot of talent in the young group so it is really exciting. Combining that with the facilities — it is a nice gym.”
Kephart said having the likes of Kyndle Ledford, Alexis Giles, Kaylee Foster, Sydney White, Madi Hallford, KK Miller, Deanna Tabor, Kaylen Jordan and other players like Kenadi Kelly and Maddie Woods, who will return is a good thing for them to continue building the program.
“Fitts, Coach Amanda Lard, Coach Rashelle Carr, (they) have done a fabulous job and they have won some big games,” Kephart said. “It is a really exciting group of girls and I really enjoyed watching them play last year so we are going to try and build on that success from last year.”
Cook said Kephart’s influences will help him go far as a head coach.
“He hasn’t had any negatives influences as a player, which in turn, that will reflect well with him as a coach,” Cook said. “We are very lucky to have him here and with the craziness of the virus and everything that is going on, the district is very fortunate to have Coach Kephart, who is a quality head coach, in house.”