West fills coaching vacancy

September 4, 2013

Chris Slone

PDT Sports Editor

Behind a unanimous vote held at a special board meeting Tuesday night, West hired Kayla Wiley as its new girl’s basketball coach.

The New Boston native played her collegiate ball at Shawnee State University under the tutelage of long-time coach Robin Hagen-Smith.

“Robin Hagen-Smith highly recommended her for the position,” West Superintendent Jeff Stricklett said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Times.

Wiley played for the Bears from 2009-2013 as a guard. In 78 career games, Wiley scored 156 points while starting six contest. During her career, Wiley shot 33 percent from the field and 30 percent from the three-point line.

In a telephone conversation with Stricklett, Hagen-Smith said Wiley has a great basketball mind. She also said Wiley is a natural leader, hard worker and a great role model for kids.

There were three finalist for the position. The other two finalist were not disclosed. Hagen-Smith obviously didn’t have a vote at the board meeting, but her recommendation had an influence nonetheless.

“I have a lot of respect for Robin,” Stricklett said. “Her track record speaks for itself. It (Hagen-Smith’s recommendation) carried a lot of weight.”

Sticklett said the recommendation led to the interview process where Wiley impressed school officials.

“We felt comfortable with her,” Stricklett said. “We want to work with her.”

Hagen-Smith was not immediately available for comment.

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