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July 15, 2014

High Hopes: Panthers' new head coach says team can be playing for region, state titles

KNOX COUNTY — By Chris Parsons

Sports Editor

KNOX CENTRAL — Knox Central Athletics Director, Jeff Canady, said the school’s boys basketball program is aiming high and Monday’s official hiring of James Voight is all the proof anybody needs.

Voight, who is fresh off a New Mexico 2A State Championship, comes to Knox Central out of Dexter High School in New Mexico. Voight’s team made consecutive appearances in the state finals over the course of the past two seasons, finishing as the state runner-up in 2013 before the title run this past season. Voight’s overall record as a head coach is 78-11.

Considering the numbers and the accomplishments he has already achieved, Canady said Voight’s hiring speaks for itself.

“This isn’t one of those hires that I feel like we have to sell to people and give them a reason why we think it was the best choice,” Canady said. “When you look at coach Voight and what he has done at such a young age, coaching wise, I feel like this is the kind of hire that sells itself.

“I think coach Voight is going to be a great fit here at Knox Central and we expect big things from our program with him at the helm,” he added.

Voight said he is excited about the opportunity to coach the Panthers and admitted that he too has high hopes for the program. Voight said it wouldn’t be wrong to expect the team to be playing for a state championship when March rolls around.

“Every team starts out with a goal of winning a state title and that’s what we’ll do here at Knox Central,” Voight said. “I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t set that as a goal and try as hard as we can to reach it.

“There’s no reason why this program shouldn’t have expectations of winning a region title and that’s what we’re going to have,” he added. “Hopefully we can get in here and work hard to reach those goals.”  

 

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