Central Kitsap staffs basketball and men’s football coaching positions

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The coaching staff at Central Kitsap High School seem much more complete today than they were a few weeks ago.

Cougars athletic director Baxter confirmed on Tuesday that Tarence Mosley replaces Scott McMinds as head coach for men’s basketball, Ashli ​​Payne replaces Scott Neumann as head coach of women’s basketball and Patrick Leonard replaces Keith Sargent as head coach for men’s football. McMinds, Neumann and Sargent have all resigned from their posts after the 2021 seasons shortened by COVID.

Mosley spent two seasons on the McMinds coaching staff as a JV coach and varsity assistant. Previously, he was an assistant coach for six years at Olympic High School, where his sons Jaiden and TJ played. Mosley’s oldest son Isaiah played at Central Kitsap. In AAU basketball, Mosley coached for Westside Hoops and Total Package.

Saying that he always had a desire to be a high school head coach, Mosley credited McMinds, former Olympic head coach Devin Huff, former Westside Hoops AAU head coach Jeremy Landis and coach- longtime Total Package chief Craig Murray for helping him prepare it.

“These four guys played a huge role in making me who I am today,” Mosley said.

The Central Kitsap boys’ basketball team finished 10-8 last season. In 2019-2020, the Cougars posted an 18-9 record and reached the 3A State Tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Mosley said it was unfortunate the team weren’t able to capitalize on the momentum they got by doing a run to state. COVID-19 has prevented Cougars from participating in summer prom activities.

“We were ready to rock and roll and then the pandemic happened,” Mosley said.

With offseason basketball being allowed this summer, Mosley said he was thrilled to have the chance to take the lead for a program that has won 140 games in 13 seasons under McMinds.

“He laid the foundation for the program,” Mosley said. “I’m here to improve it and move it forward.”

Payne is a 2013 Olympic High School graduate and former Trojan horse star on the basketball court. She played two seasons at Umpqua College in Oregon, then spent her last two seasons at Eastern Washington University.

Ashli ​​Payne

Payne played professionally for two years after college, mostly in Australia, but is due to have knee surgery. She plans to spend the next year living and working locally, which has seen her seek her first head coaching position. She was an assistant last season under Neumann.

“I’m really excited,” said Payne, who has described herself as a strong believer in the fundamentals of basketball. “I’ve seen girls grow up so much already. I just want to see them perform to their highest potential.”

Leonard, a senior on the 2012 Central Kitsap Class 4A men’s soccer team, began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant under the guidance of former Central Kitsap boys head coach Christopher Floro. He became a JV boys coach / varsity assistant under Sargent five years ago. Leonard has also spent the past four seasons as an assistant for the women’s soccer program.

Patrick Leonard replaces Keith Sargent as head coach of men's soccer.

The boys from Central Kitsap were 6-2 last season, while the girls were 11-0 undefeated one season after placing third in the 3A State Tournament.

“I’m just thrilled to have the opportunity to step in and work with a program that means so much to me. Becoming the head coach of the high school I played for is something I’m really proud of, ”said Leonard. “I think that with the experiences and success that I have had as an assistant here, this opportunity is very timely. I know the program well, I like the direction we are heading and I have looking forward to getting ready for the next current season, “he said.” We have a talented group of players who already know what I expect from them. Now is the time for us to work and I know these players are up to it. “


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