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Trojan Boys Basketball: New boys basketball coach hired

WORTHINGTON -- Jared Keaveny, who for the past seven years has headed the program at Campbell-Tintah Public Schools in Campbell, Minn., has been hired to be the new varsity boys basketball coach at Worthington High School.

Keaveny takes over for Ron Vorwald, who retired after 24 years of leading the Trojans.

A 1999 graduate of Wahpeton High School in North Dakota, Keaveny attended the North Dakota School of Science and graduated with an AA degree in 2002. He played basketball for two years at Southwest Minnesota State University-Marshall and earned a degree in physical education from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 2005. His father coached in the Wahpeton school district.

Contacted Monday afternoon, Keaveny said Worthington appears very similar to the town he grew up in, he's had good experiences going to school in southwest Minnesota, and he's looking forward to getting to work.

"I'm really excited about it," he said.

Worthington High School Principal Paul Karelis said that before hiring Keavenly, he and his search team looked at 14 candidates on file. The list of candidates was later trimmed to five. His primary goal, Karelis said, was to find a quality teacher in the classroom.

Karelis feels confident that he did just that.

Keaveny will teach physical education and health to grades 9-12. At Campbell-Tintah, he taught physical education for grades K-10 and health for grades 3-10.

"His motto for coaching is to play hard and stay together," said Karelis, adding, "What set him apart was he came with a direct plan, himself, for grades 7-12."

Karelis described Keaveny as a coach who enjoys an up-tempo game and who is very interested in getting his players to be prepared before they begin. He's not a loud coach, would rather see his players be the focus, and "doesn't want to take away from the game."

In describing his plan, Keaveny said, "The plan is just to build upon (player) skills every year. We want to get their basic fundamentals down and also build upon their basketball skills every year."

He added, "I want the kids to feel they can play a little bit. The coach has to correct them, but I want them to have some freedom. I want them to play the game and not be worried about making mistakes."

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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