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Josh Kays Named TCHS Boys Basketball Head Coach
Maddie Gumm

Taylor County High School has formally announced the hiring of Josh Kays as the new Head Boys Basketball Coach.

Coach Kays served as an assistant coach for the Cardinals for the past two seasons. He will begin working with the Cardinal student-athletes in his new role immediately as the basketball program prepares for summer competition and the upcoming school year and season.

Kays is a 2010 graduate of Nelson County High School and began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Thomas Nelson in 2014 serving for 5 years before taking the Head Coaching role from 2020-2022. In his two seasons as Head Coach, he posted a 32-19 record and had one District Runner-Up team. He joined former Cardinal Head Coach Montrelle Irvin’s staff as an assistant in 2022-23 and was a part of Taylor County Basketball’s back-to-back District Title runs the past two seasons. He has also been an active coach on the AAU circuits coaching three years on the Adidas Circuit and currently coaching on the Made Hoops Circuit.

Kays was announced as the new Head Coach at an introductory press conference attended by current and future Cardinal players, as well as parents, alumni, administrators, and fans. Principal Neil Sanders and High School Athletic Director Greg Oliver described the process and efforts that went into selecting the right person to continue to guide the Taylor County program which has a long and celebrated history. They stressed that the emphasis was not just Xs and Os but making sure that the final decision would be the one that had the most benefits for the student-athletes.

Coach Kays brings to the table a wealth of knowledge, passion, and proven leadership skills, as well as a strong commitment to player development. He looks forward to continuing to build positive relationships with his players, colleagues, and the Cardinal Basketball family and community. He has clear goals and expectations for the team and the program that align with the vision and values of Taylor County Schools and Cardinal Athletics. Coach Kays is excited to begin the journey in this new role and is ready to get himself and his team to work. In his introductory conference, he stated “The Honeymoon Phase ends, and the work starts after we leave here tonight.” He wants his teams to play fast and with unmatched energy on both ends of the court and says that offseason and preseason conditioning will be fundamental to his success.

Coach Kays was very grateful to the administration at the district, high school, and athletic department levels. He stated that he was “very humbled by this opportunity and wants to continue the great tradition that is Taylor County Basketball.” He stated, “I know how strenuous this process was for everyone involved and will never take lightly the responsibility that the Superintendent Mr. Higdon, the Principal Mr. Sanders, the Athletic Directors Coach Goodin and Coach Oliver, and everyone else has entrusted me with.”

Kays will be the 13th individual to lead the Taylor County Boys Basketball program, which is heading into its 84th season.

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