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West Plains welcomes Cogburn and Richardson to lead inaugural basketball programs

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) — The West Plains Wolves officially hired their first head basketball coaches for the 2022-23 season at the Canyon ISD school board meeting held Monday. Kendall Cogburn will coach the boys and Kevin Richardson will coach the girls’ team.

Kendall Cogburn joins the Wolf Pack after coaching six seasons at Bushland. He led the Falcons to a regional championship in 2022. In his eight years as a coach, Cogburn has won 152 games, including a state tournament berth at Happy High School in 2016.

The 2008 Randall grad and former 2011 West Texas A&M basketball player learned a lot when he played his senior season for the Randall Raiders.

“I actually moved to Randall my last year and you know I played for coach (Leslie) Broadhurst and it was a great experience for me. I feel like there will be a lot athletes who will go into a similar position because they’re going to a new school,” Cogburn said. “You know they’re not going to be the new kids, but we’re going to have a lot of new kids together. I’ve been there with them and look forward to building them and building a successful program with them.

“Some of these children have no choice. You know they have to move and I think he can bring some empathy to that,” Canyon ISD athletic director Toby Tucker said. “It’s this guy who climbs this mountain. He is part of the next generation. He is one of the hottest names in high school basketball in the state of Texas.

Kevin Richardson, West Plains’ first women’s basketball head coach, returns to Canyon ISD with an overall record of (600-149) from Wall (2020-22), Canadian (2002-19) and Abernathy (2000). Richardson led the Canadiens to a state championship (2017) and a state runner-up (2005).

Coming back to Canyon ISD where his family had worked was special for Richardson.

“It’s exciting. You know I grew up in Canyon. I spent all my high school years here for 18 years and then my dad was a longtime coach at Canyon High School,” Richardson said. “My mum taught primary school here, so it’s really the only school we’ve ever really known apart from my stops in my career.”

“Wherever he’s been he’s been a winner and just a gentleman of the game, so you’re excited to bring guys like that,” Tucker said.

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