With more than 550 victories at the high school and college level, Dan Wall has coached basketball for more than 40 years. Now, he’s bringing that experience to Southeast High School in Cherokee, Kansas.
Coach Wall lives between Coffeyville and Edna and said staying close to home was a big factor for accepting the position.
“That’s where we raised our children and if I can stay close to that area I kind of like that,” Coach Wall said. “I think this will be a challenge for me and at this point in my career I want to do the very best I can in trying to help young men. The bottom line is those young guys that I’ll be working with and hopefully I can give them some knowledge both on and off the court – that’s my desire and what I strive to do.”
A member of the Independence Community College Hall of Fame, Coach Wall led the Pirates to a junior college national title in 1977. At Southwest Texas State (now Texas State), he won two conference titles and finished 3rd in the NAIA in 1979.
Since then, Coach Wall has coached primarily at the high school level, including a 21 year stint at Field Kindley in Coffeyville from 1992 to 2012, where the Golden Tornadoes won a Class 4A State Championship in 2001.
Most recently, Wall was the head coach last season for Caney Valley where he mentored their assistant coach who is expected to take the reins this season.
“I lost my beautiful bride a few years ago and we were together 40 years so I know I have to keep busy and I don’t want to just do something else,” Coach Wall said. “I want to be involved in coaching and help young men as much as I can.”
Wall’s teams are known for their fast break, pressure defense, and going deep into the bench, playing as many as 10 to 12 players in a game.
Coach Wall is the third coach for the Lancers in three seasons. Steve Taylor returned to the Emporia area following the 2014-15 season. Last season, Tim Simpson led the Lancers to a 7-14 record in a tough CNC league and now plans to open a basketball academy in the Pittsburg area to help youth athletes learn the game. The SEK AREA Basketball Academy is expected to launch in April 2017.
“I feel very blessed to have this opportunity at Southeast,” Coach Wall said. “I think it’s a wonderful blessing for me and I hope to do some good there, that’s my plan.”
A parent and player meeting for the SHS Lancer Boys Basketball team has been scheduled for WEDNESDAY JUNE 22 at 6 p.m. at the SHS cafeteria (note the change in date). A free 9th-12th grade Boys Basketball Camp will be held Tuesday July 5 through Friday July 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the SHS East Gym.
[Photos of Coach Wall are courtesy of Andy Taylor of Taylor Newspapers.]