Andrews returns to Doniphan

Saturday, April 29, 2006

After two years as the head coach at Oran, Andrews replaces Gibbs at the Dons' helm.

A familiar face will return to the sidelines at Doniphan.

Two weeks after Shawn Gibbs resigned his post, former assistant coach Jason Andrews was hired on as the next boys basketball coach.

"I think he's a really good fit," Doniphan athletic director Jimbo Blackwell said. "He's been here before, he knows our kids, he knows our area. He's got a great work ethic, we just think he's a great fit for our program."

Andrews, who was head boys coach at Oran the past two seasons, returns to the school were he started his coaching career. The Alton graduate coached under Shane Benson at Doniphan before serving as an assistant at New Madrid for two seasons. Then he took over the helm at Oran.

In just his second year at Oran, Andrews led the Eagles to the Class 1 District 2 title game, losing to eventual state runner-up Bell City. Oran finished the season 12-14.

Andrews will be taking over for Gibbs, who finished with a 70-40 record in four seasons with the Dons. During his tenure, Doniphan won two Class 3 district titles, including this season in which the Dons finished 25-4.

"He's very excited and passionate about the job," Blackwell said. "He wanted to be black and gold again -- it's kind of home to him."

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