Prairie View has filled its girls and boys varsity coaching vacancies.
Wes Singley has been hired to coach Prairie View's varsity girls and boys basketball teams.
Singley, 23, is scheduled to graduate from Louisiana Tech in May with a degree in social studies education.
Last season, Singley was an assistant coach at Downsville Charter.
“I'm excited to be here,” said Singley, whose duties will also include an assistant coaching position with the football team. “I'm looking forward to putting on the purple and gold.”
Prairie View's girls team compiled a 21-8 record last season, while the boys were 13-14. Casey Coley, who coached both teams, resigned a couple of days after the Lady Spartans were eliminated from the South State Tournament.
Upon learning of the vacancy at Prairie View, Downsville Charter head basketball coach Storm Ridgeway encouraged Singley to apply.
“Storm saw online where Prairie View had an opening,” Singley said. “He has some connections with the MAIS and told me I should put my name in the hat.”
Singley says he was vaguely familiar with Prairie View prior to interviewing for the job.
“I grew up in Delhi and went to Riverfield until the sixth grade, so I knew about Prairie View,” Singley said. “You hear about the schools in this area like Bastrop, Prairie View and Sterlington.
“I love what I've seen from Prairie View, so far. I'm eager to get started.”
Singley is a graduate of Delhi Charter where he played basketball from grades 6-12 and two years of varsity football. He says he is entering the coaching profession for the long haul.
“In college, I found that I missed the game a lot,” Singley said. “I've always studied the game and I have a love for the game. Coaching is just something that I feel natural doing.”
Singley played for four different coaches in his final four years at Delhi Charter, including his father, Ricky Singley.
“My dad coached us my freshman year, mainly because we needed a coach,” Singley said. “Coaching wasn't his cup of tea, though. He wanted to get out there and play.”
Singley says his coaching philosophy is centered around defense.
“I'm a big defensive guy,” Singley said. “I look for situations where I can play high-pressure defense and get easy transition baskets. Generally, I'm situational with the full-court press. I like the element of surprise. What I mean by high-pressure defense is I want to make every bucket difficult for the other team.”