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OHS Picks Creamer For Boys Basketball Coach

By Jason Van Arkel, July 12, 2017

Pending school board approval, Ottumwa High has selected Kyle Creamer as its new varsity boys basketball coach. Creamer will replace Kevin Kanaskie, who resigned last week after four seasons on the job.

“The Ottumwa Athletic Department is excited to name Kyle Creamer as head boys basketball coach,” said OHS Athletic Director Scott Maas, in a statement announcing the hiring. “We are confident that Kyle will lead our boys program in a positive direction. Kyle possesses enthusiasm for teaching young people, and knowledge of the game. We are confident that he will have a great impact on the boys basketball program.

Creamer had served as an assistant coach under Kanaskie, who compiled a 22-67 record over four years, including a 6-16 mark in 2016-2017. Creamer also coached under previous head coach Chris Gravett. In all, the new head coach has spent seven years in the Ottumwa school district as both a coach and an elementary physical education teacher. Creamer is also the head coach for varsity boys golf.

“Ottumwa kids are smart and tough,” Creamer said in the school’s statement announcing his hiring. “I want to re-instill that toughness.”

Creamer inherits a roster that includes four players from last winter that return as regular starters. Three of them–Jayqwon Bridges, Andrew Curran and Sam Yeaway–are guards, and the fourth is forward Noah Boyer. At 6-foot-4, Boyer is the only returning player taller than 6-1. Curran is the leading returning scorer, after averaging 9.6 points for the Bulldogs a season ago.

Ottumwa’s 2017-2018 schedule is not yet complete, but Creamer’s first CIML Metro Conference game as head coach should be Friday, December 8th, when OHS hosts Des Moines Roosevelt.