East Jessamine coach Chris O’Bryan may be the longest-tenured coach at his school, but his staff of assistant coaches is always evolving. This year’s group features a former player, a parent, a coach just starting out and a man in beautiful suits.
Assistant and school athletic director Daniel Sandlin was playing for O’Bryan 10 years ago; now he’s his top assistant and junior-varsity coach.
“I’ve been pretty fortunate with Daniel; I don’t think you can ask fo a better JV coach,” O’Bryan said. “He does so much above and beyond what assistant coaches typically do when it comes to scouting, practice, whatever.”
Ron Harper has been on the staff for two seasons and is the freshman coach. His two sons, Taylor and Nathan, are both on the team.
“(Ron) is very intense at practices,” O’Bryan said. “He brings that tenaciousness to practice and gets in people’s faces, and that’s good because we need that.”
Conor Thomas does a lot of behind-the-scenes work, and Johnny Reeves brings some style to the coaching staff.
“As a group I feel like we’re doing all the things we can do to prepare these kids as well as we ever have,” O’Bryan said.