SUNBRIGHT — Jordan Jeffers is the new men's basketball coach here, replacing Marty Maxfield.
Jeffers accepted the Sunbright job on Wednesday, exactly one week after Maxfield resigned.
For Jeffers, 28, ascending to the head coaching ranks is a dream fulfilled.
"This is what I've always wanted to do since I was in 11th grade . . . I wanted to coach basketball," Jeffers said.
Jeffers spent the last three years on Jared Laverdiere's staff at Scott High School as an assistant. He handled the program's freshman and JV coaching duties, and in 2013-2014 was also an assistant coach on Jackson Sharp's Lady Highlanders team. He has coached summer AAU ball as well.
"It means a lot to me that Sunbright was willing to come and talk to me without me having to go talk to them," said Jeffers, who did not apply for the job.
Landing the job was a whirlwind process. Jeffers was first contacted by Sunbright on Thursday, one day after Maxfield resigned. He interviewed the following day, and was offered the job on Tuesday.
In the meantime, Sunbright received multiple applicants for the coaching vacancy. But, in Jeffers, the school had its man.
"I think it's a good situation," Jeffers said. "It's close enough to home that (wife) Ashton and I won't have to move. I can be there in 20 minutes.
"They told me this is a good transition time for a new coach to come in," he added. "A lot of talent has gone through District 4-A the last few years."
The district's traditional powers, Wartburg and Oneida, are expected to be down somewhat in 2014-2015, with Coalfield and Oakdale among the favorites in the district.
"It's a fun league," Jeffers said of District 4. "I'm coming from Scott High, where we travel almost an hour for every district game and where we really have no real rival, to going to District 4-A where every game is a rival. Every game is a big deal and all the schools are really close. That'll be really cool.
"It'll be wide open, and it'll be a fun year," he added.
Jeffers inherits a team that struggled in 2013-2014 after winning the District 4-A championship in 2012-2013. Three seniors from last year's team graduated, leaving a largely inexperienced team for Jeffers in his first season.
"There are no seniors who played last year coming back on the roster," Jeffers said. "I've spoken with three or four seniors who are pretty sure they're gonna play. So hopefully we'll have a few seniors but they'll be first-year guys. We'll be really young."
Additionally, Jeffers expects his team to be really small . . . but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
"There will be some challenges with the personnel but I feel like there are gonna be some things we'll be able to do because of that," he said. "In a lot of ways we'll be similar to the Scott High team I've prepared this whole off-season to coach. We've been preparing to play with a lot of guards and play small and play fast."
Jeffers hopes to be take a fast-paced approach on the court, using a motion offense.
A 2006 graduate of Scott High, Jeffers was a three-star athlete in high school. He was a state championship track star and also excelled as quarterback of the Highlander football team and on the basketball team. He won a scholarship to University of the Cumberlands, where he was a member of the track and football teams.
"It sounds crazy that I always wanted to coach basketball because I played football and ran track in college," he said. "But there isn't a whole lot of room in college for 5-7 guys in basketball."
Despite achieving his goal, Jeffers called leaving his alma mater "bittersweet."
"I'm a Scott High guy," he said. "It's kinda all I've known. (But) I'm excited, and hopefully we're ready to get this thing rolling."