EDMOND — The Edmond Public Schools board of education approved the hiring Tuesday morning of Lenny Hatchett as Edmond Santa Fe’s boys basketball coach and Steven Goss as Edmond North’s boys hoops coach.
Hatchett has been Mount St. Mary’s basketball coach since 2004, and is also the school’s athletic director.
“When you see coach Hatchett in the grocery store and you’ve played for him, you run to him, not to the next aisle,” said Edmond Public Schools athletic director Mike Nunley.
“Every time you talk to somebody about him, they kept saying the same things. ... I think at the end of the day, he brought a lot to the table. Not just X’s and O’s, but his impact on the hallways in his school in all programs.”
Hatchett becomes Edmond Santa Fe’s third-ever boys basketball coach, replacing Shawn Schenk, who resigned last month after taking the Wolves to the Class 6A semifinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Tulsa Union.
Goss just finished his third season as Haskell’s coach and took the school to its third-ever state tournament.
But the most important thing Nunley and other Edmond administrators were seeking in a coach at North was consistency. Goss will be the school’s fourth boys’ basketball coach in four years.
It’s a challenge Goss is familiar with; when he took over Haskell in 2009, he was its fifth coach in five years.
The last Edmond North coach, Quinn Wooldridge, resigned to become head coach at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany earlier this month.
“He said something early on in our conversation,” Nunley said of Goss. “I asked him, ‘What’s the biggest challenge about coming here?’
“He didn’t say coming from a 3A school to a 6A school. He didn’t say coming from the East side of the state to the West side. He really got me when he said, ‘The single most important thing about this job will be getting the kids to try.’”