Neosho assistant gets Exeter hoops job

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Administration hopes newcomer will end trend of turnover

The head coach position for Exeter boys basketball has seen rapid turnover in recent seasons, and the district has now made a move in hopes of securing a long-term coach for the team.

Hired to his first teaching job out of college, Zane Culp, an assistant coach in Neosho, was hired by the Exeter School Board on March 16.

Robert Taylor, Exeter High School principal, said Culp's philosophy is what brought him to the top of the list of 10-15 candidates for the job.

"His philosophy is the same as ours, very student-centered, and his experience at Neosho has been good for him on the coaching side," Taylor said. "We talked about building the program and work ethic, and he wants to be here for a long time. That was a big part of why we hired him.

"There's no guarantees, but we're confident he'll be here a while and help the program gain some stability."

Culp will replace Matt Tripp, who was hired as head baseball coach on March 16. A physical education and health teacher, Culp will start at the base salary of $29,000, and he will earn a $3,500 stipend for his coaching duties.

Culp did not return a message left for comment as of press time.

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