Jonathon Little becomes SCS boys coach
The student-athletes at Starkville Christian School now have to be more specific when calling for Coach Little.
Jonathon Little was announced as the new boys basketball coach at the school by headmaster Randy Witbeck on Tuesday and joins wife Kate on the staff. Kate coaches the girls basketball team.
They both agree the situation benefits them.
"For me personally, I never got to see him during basketball season very much so we'll get to travel," Kate said.
Jonathon loves to talk basketball with his wife and looks forward to that opportunity on a regular basis.
"We can discuss strategy and things like that," Jonathon said. "We'd like to help each other out as much as we can."
Jonathon takes over for Scott Cappleman, who resigned earlier this summer to pursue other interests.
Witbeck appreciates the work Cappleman did the last three years and is excited to move forward with Little.
"Scott was a great mentor to the young men and was an excellent coach who taught them a lot of life lessons along with the coaching aspect about basketball," Witbeck said. "(Cappleman) was an excellent addition to the school so he left some big shoes to fill.
"We knew the Lord was going to take care of it, but we didn't know who. Jonathon Little told us not too long ago that he was interested, but he had one more direction he wanted to check out first."
After Cappleman's departure, Witbeck pondered what exactly he wanted to see in a new coach.
The traits Witbeck wanted to see were a Christian role model, mentor and coach, someone who knew the game of basketball and knew about coaching in game situations.
"That was a big thing," Witbeck said. "We had a lot of men who could be mentors and could go one-on-one, but none of us felt comfortable with game situations. You have to have the complete package."
Witbeck's thoughts kept going back to Little as someone who could fit all those needs.
It worked out to where Little could join the Cougars and he's looking forward to the fresh start.
"We're looking forward to the new season and we're working hard," Little said. "We're looking to see if we can take the program to the next level from last year and the year before. I think it will be good."
Witbeck has already seen the work Little has put in and said the school is "blessed" to have him on staff.
"He has already been working with a couple of our student-athletes during the summer and of their own free will," Witbeck said. "That's what you want and what kind of guy he is. If they want to work out and practice a little bit, he wanted to be there with them without ever thinking about being the coach."
Kate understands her husband well-enough to know the Cougars will be prepared when it comes time to take the court.
"He's going to do a great job with the guys," Kate said. "They'll be worked out really hard and I think they are going to enjoy that. They are going to be pushed harder than what they're used to."
Starkville Christian School begins the season at home Nov. 2 against the Jackson Victors.