Oneida’s wholesale changes to its basketball program were completed Monday, with the announcement that Jason Pike has been hired as the head coach at Oneida Middle School.
Pike, who will be assisted by Jeremy Barnes, replaces Shawn West, who resigned earlier this month.
Oneida Special School District Director Jeanny Hatfield announced the hire on Monday, while the hire of Barnes was announced as part of Hatfield’s personnel report that was presented to the school district’s board of education at its monthly meeting on May 4.
“The selection of Coach Pike represents what I expect in a coach at Oneida: good character, a mentor to players, a positive role model, and someone who most importantly puts out students first,” Hatfield said. “I have high expectations for this program and I know that Coach Pike is ready to meet the challenge.”
Both Pike and Barnes will be non-faculty coaches. Pike is a law enforcement officer, employed by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, while Barnes works outside Scott County.
Neither Pike nor Barnes are newcomers to coaching. Most recently, both served as youth coaches on the travel basketball circuit, with Pike coaching a team of ninth grade girls and Barnes coaching fifth grade girls this spring. However, Pike has coached the middle school program at Oneida in the past, and has also served as an assistant football coach at both the middle school and high school. Most recently, Pike was the middle school baseball coach at Oneida, a position he has resigned.
The middle school coaching change followed the hire of Jacob King as the head coach at the high school. King, who was a former head coach in the mid 2000s, replaced Zach Smith.
King is likewise a non-faculty coach. While he was on the school’s instructional staff during his first tenure as coach, he now works for his family’s lumber business in Oneida.
Assisting King is Torrey Slaven, who made the move from football to basketball.