The Central boys basketball program now will be lead by a former Indian.

St. Joseph native Jacob Kimble was named Central’s new varsity head coach on Wednesday.

“I’m super excited about it,” Kimble said. “I played here and went here; I love it here.”

After graduating from Northwest Missouri State, Kimble returned to Central in 2006 to teach social studies. He originally started out as a volunteer, but quickly moved into the head coach position of the freshman team the following year. He has since coached every level at Central.

“The transition should be pretty smooth,” Kimble said. “I know the guys. I’ve known them for a long time.”

Kimble has served as the junior varsity coach at Central for the past seven seasons.

“Jacob has a lot of energy. You can kind of see that with the excitement he talks about,” Central Athletic Director David Lau said.

Kimble worked closely with former Central varsity head coach Cy Musser, who was recently named the head coach at Liberty North High School.

“He kept me in the know through the whole situation,” Kimble said. “I’m bummed to see him go because he did a great job, but at the same time excited that I have this opportunity.”

Musser has coached the team since the 2012-13 season, leading the Indians to a share of the Suburban Conference title this past season. He took over after Neal Hook took an administration spot following a 12-year career.

Lau had spent the last five years working with Musser.

“Cy did a fantastic job. Liberty North is getting a good coach and we wish him well except for the game that we play against him,” Lau said with a smile.

Central won the Suburban Red Conference this past season with a record of 13-12.

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