The eventful off season of the Danville Area Community College Lady Jaguars added a concluding chapter as Kyle Bent was named head coach.
Bent replaces Stacey White who took over the program for about two months following the retirement of long time coach Lyle Hicks. White was recently named head coach at Lincoln Trail Community College.
The 24-year old Bent has a background in scouting and is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois, where he led the ladies club team to a national title.
“We are very fortunate and excited to have found Kyle,” said DACC athletics director Tim Bunton. “He is a very sharp guy and has already met with the girls.
“I think it says a lot that Stacey White was able to move on to another job before she ever coached a game and I think we have found in Kyle another talented young coach.”
Bent cited several reasons why he was excited about taking over the program.
“This is really a rare opportunity,” he said. “The support of Tim and the administration and the willingness of everyone to help is tremendous. The facilities here at DACC are outstanding and I like the chance to not only recruit the local schools but also in Indiana. I am very excited about the opportunity to be coach.”
Bent set several goals for his first season.
“My main initial goal is to get the girls excited about competing again,” he said. “It was a tough season last year record-wise and we would of course like to win a few more games.
“On the court I would like to see a reduction in turnovers and better shooting from the foul line. We need to do things like improve team chemistry and develop incoming players. The bottom line is I want to see us improve and compete and get better as the season goes along.”
Bent described his coaching style as balanced with a focus on defense and felt his background in scouting would be a unique asset for the team.
“I started scouting when I was a sophomore in college,” he said. “Scouting gives you the ability to notice the tendencies of a team and of individual players. It’s hard to break habits when you’re playing the game, and players tend to try to make the same moves.
“It’s a real advantage to your team if your aware of things like that going into a game and focusing on things like that will help us as the season goes along.”
The Lady Jaguars are coming off a six-win season and currently have seven players on their roster.
“I will do my best on recruiting and I will certainly be out looking over the next couple of weeks,” said Bent. “The returning five players are a great group and I’m excited about being able to coach them. I learned a lot about myself last year at the national tournament for the club team and I wouldn’t be where I am now without that experience.
“Things kinda hit a rough patch for the team last season, but everyone is dedicated to bringing excitement and competitiveness back to the program.”