Chavez named Clinton varsity basketball coach

Jeremy Chavez, a longtime Clinton assistant basketball and 1990 graduate of the school, has been named the new Redskin varsity basketball coach.

“Some of the players came to me and asked if I would be interested in coaching them next year,” Chavez said. “I think they wrote a letter on my behalf. I coached a lot of these kids when they were on JV. I’m excited about taking over the program. The timing was right.”

Chavez played basketball for Clinton coach and athletic director Jim Pittman. It wasn’t long after high school that he started helping out the basketball program – first by opening up the gym for informal workouts and open gyms.

“I think I’ve been doing that 20 years,” he said. “Basketball is my passion. My goal is to get the kids to love the game as much as I do.”

Chavez was the freshman basketball coach and the junior varsity coach under Mike Ruhl at Clinton before becoming a varsity assistant. He’s been the JV head coach the past couple seasons with Jordan Kelly as the head coach. Ruhl left a couple of years ago for Tecumseh and Kelly was recently named the head coach at Adrian.

Clinton went 9-11 last season and had three seniors.

Chavez is one of four new coaches in the TCC for 2018-19. Six of the eight TCC varsity boys basketball coaches are coaching at their alma maters.

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