There will be a couple of significant changes next year for the girls' basketball program at Houston Schools.
The first is the return of former longtime coach Brent Kell, who is coming back to the sidelines as a high school assistant coach. Kell retired in 2016 after 30 years on the sidelines and accumulating more than 400 career victories – the most of any HHS coach in any sport.
Kell will join the staff of head coach Jim Moore, who took over the program from him when he retired.
Speaking of Moore, he will be the head coach of both the high school and middle school programs for the 2019-20 season.
“I think it’s a credit to our administration to see the value in having the head varsity coach also coach our younger kids in the program,” Moore said. “We will be able to build our program by implementing our system at a younger age. I think it will be a huge advantage and allow us to maximize our potential.”
Kell said he was approached by Moore to gauge his interest in returning. He said it was already on his mind because he had been asked by a few other schools if he would like to coach their programs.
Kell said he visited with his wife, Audrey, about the opportunity. She is retiring from Houston Schools at the end of the current school year. The two had plans to do some traveling once she joined Brent in retirement.
"She was all for it," Kell said. "She knew I had missed coaching."
Kell replaces Brent Hall, who is transitioning to assistant boys' basketball coach under Rod Gorman.
"I'm looking forward to it," Kell said, "and just want to contribute in any way coach Moore needs me."
Moore said having Kell’s experience and knowledge is a benefit to both he and the program. They are already coaching together this summer, including last week at a camp at Southwest Baptist University.
“He has so much knowledge of the game and has a renewed energy that has been a lot of fun for me and our players to be around this summer,” Moore said. “We work really well together, and I believe our program is going to grow, prosper and be a lot of fun to watch for the foreseeable future.”
The moves were approved last Tuesday night by the Houston school board.