By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Sheridan hires girls basketball coach

Sheridan’s new girls basketball coach will pick up a whistle not long after removing his uniform.

Former Chemeketa Community College and Pacific University basketball player Jordan Batey will lead the Spartans for the 2014-15 season, Sheridan Athletic Director Bob Bennett announced.

“With it being my first coaching job there are still things that I will learn as we go, but having such an extensive and successful playing career, I feel that will help out drastically,” Batey wrote in an email. “In my playing career, I have always been much older than my teammates, and because of that I think differently.”

A native of San Antonio, Texas, spent two years with the Storm in Salem, winning the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship in 2012-13, before transferring to Pacific. Batey played in all 25 games for the Boxers in 2013-14, starting seven, and averaged 7.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game.

“I have met with the girls and we are very eager to be working with each other,” Batey wrote.

“They seem very willing and able to put in the time and effort necessary for them to be successful. If they do that, and do what we as a coaching staff teach them, they will improve everyday.”

Batey succeeds Gary Mahe, who stepped down from his second stint with the Spartans, which encompassed seven seasons, after the 2013-14 season.

Sheridan went 4-20 overall and recorded a 1-13 record in the Class 3A West Valley League.

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