The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 16, 2013

Graves named new Monett basketball coach

By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer

— Josh Graves, who spent the past season at Class 1 Humansville, has been named head boys basketball coach at Monett High School.

Ty Goetz recently stepped down as the Cubs’ coach after 5 1/2 seasons at the helm.

Graves guided Humansville to records of 12-14 overall and 3-4 in the Polk County League in 2012-13. The Tigers, in the Class 1 District 6 Tournament at Bolivar, knocked off third-seeded Weaubleau 65-48 and No. 2 Wheatland 62-51 before losing 67-55 to favored Macks Creek in the championship game.

“I’m excited. I’m ecstatic,” Graves said on Monday of the challenge at Class 4 Monett. “I have the time to devote to it.

“Monett is committed to athletics,” said Graves, 29. “They’re outstanding in football and wrestling.

“We’ll try to develop a program. We’ll try to get our basketball coaches on the same page.”

Graves met with the players and possible assistant coaches on Friday. Goetz’s assistants, Jeremy Land (junior varsity) and Blair Powell, could return, Graves said.

“I’d met Coach Goetz (who’s remaining as softball coach) several times before,” Graves said. “He’s been great (in the transition). He’s been very helpful. I appreciate it.”

Graves, 6-foot-4, prepped at Willard — playing under Sean Williamson — before joining Steve Shepherd at College of the Ozarks for more basketball.

Playing for Shepherd, Graves said, solidified his plans to become a coach and helped build his coaching philosophy.

Graves, who has a master’s degree from William Woods University of Fulton, Mo., began coaching at Willard as the freshman coach in 2007-08.

He was the junior varsity coach for four years — working for Travis Evans and Dusty Killingsworth — before securing the Humansville post.