NORTH MANCHESTER – The Manchester High School girls basketball program has selected its newest head coach.
During Tuesday night’s Manchester School Board meeting, Jacob Everett was approved to lead the varsity girls basketball team, taking over the position left by Brooke Airgood.
Airgood held the position for one season, going 1-19, taking over the program from Mark Underwood, who had coached the team between the 2001-02 and 2012-13 seasons.
Getting just one win this season, Airgood was working with a young team, and their new coach will also have youth on his side.
After graduating from Triton High School in 2008, where he won a Class 1A state title in his senior season, Everett went on to play at Bethel College.
He got a job at Manchester High School two years ago, then became Eric Thompson’s assistant with the Manchester varsity boys team this year.
Despite not having a lot of years in the coaching ranks, Manchester Athletic Director Jeremy Markham is confident in the selection.
“We just really felt that he’s a student of the game,” Markham said in a phone interview Tuesday night. “I think he’ll really be able to relate well with the players. He’ll be able to teach them the fundamentals of the game, because his background in the game of basketball is pretty impressive.”
Winning a state title under Jason Groves at Triton, then playing for Mike Lightfoot at Bethel, Markham feels if Everett has any questions about coaching, he has some reliable resources.
“He has some mentors that he’ll use and reach out to,” Markham said. “With a younger coach, there will be some growing pains with him just trying to figure out things. But that’s part of it. Every coach starts somewhere, but I feel real confident with him being a student of the game and putting a lot of time and effort into being the best coach he can be.”
The young Lady Squires may be led by an inexperienced coach, but Markham feels they can grow with one another and, hopefully, grow back into a contender.
“It’s definitely a younger team, but a team that has a chance to be a good team as well,” he said. “As they get more experience and they continue to grow and develop a bit, the future looks bright and we’re excited. We feel like we have a good coach that can get us there.”