Casey hires Walters to lead boys basketball

June 22, 2004|JILL ERWIN

LIBERTY - Casey County hired former assistant Perry Walters as its new head basketball coach Monday night.

Walters was one of four candidates interviewed for the position Monday night.

Principal Tim Goodlett said this morning that Walters was the choice.

"We felt Perry was the candidate that was best suited to lead our program for the next few years and take it back into district and regional contenders," Goodlett said.

Walters replaces Shawn Conley, who was fired after four seasons at the helm of the Casey program. Conley had a 33-79 record in that time. Walters becomes the fifth head coach in the past 24 years.

"There's some talent left in the program," Walters said today. "They've shown a lot of hard work, from what I've seen of them in the summer."


Walters, a native of Nicholasville, was a former assistant under Casey coaches Jack Stanford and Greg Scholl. He spent five seasons as an assistant with Stanford (1993-98) and one year with Scholl (1998-99) before serving as a middle school assistant for one season.

He is also an assistant baseball coach under Jimmy Brown.

Walters said his expectations for the upcoming year are for the Rebels to work toward succeeding in the future.

"I want them to continue to work hard, to work together and to improve as a team," Walters said. "I'm impressed by their desire to get better. They worked extremely hard and want to improve every day."

Goodlett and Walters both said the coach's personality should go a long way in helping the transition.

"Perry's ability to work with the students is wonderful," Goodlett said. "Perry has an extremely good rapport with the students and I think he can get the students to perform at a high level."

"Because of my personality, I used to have the unique ability to get a lot out of the players," Walters said. "They work hard for me."

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