Hayden Plummer is giving back to his hometown of Belpre, Ohio, as the newest head coach of their junior high school’s seventh grade boys basketball team.
Plummer is a senior Physical Activity and Sport Coaching major. His team is 10-0 so far, and he looks forward to a championship run this season.
“Being the seventh grade boys basketball coach at Belpre is a blessing and an honor,” said Plummer. “Belpre is my home, and I love being a part of helping our youth on and off the floor.”
This is only the beginning of Plummer’s career. After he graduates, he wants to continue coaching at the youth or college level.
“I want to impact the lives of young players wanting to follow big dreams,” said Plummer.
Plummer commutes to Ohio University’s campus from Belpre, which is about 40 minutes away from Athens, and schedules his classes around the basketball season. His team practices daily and plays about three games per week.
“My assistant coaches and I work together to make our practices and games suitable for the players and ourselves,” said Plummer.
A three-sport letterman at Belpre High School, Plummer hopes to use his experience to help his junior high team make a championship push.
“The biggest thing I’m looking for this season,” said Plummer, “is to be able to play and win a championship with those young men because of the hard work they have put in throughout the year.”
Belpre High School houses grades 7-12. The Golden Eagles compete within the Hocking Division of the Tri-Valley Conference.
When it comes to coaching and finishing up his senior year of college, Plummer is thankful for his family’s encouragement.
“I want to thank my Grandpa Steve and Grandma Vee for always pushing me to be my best, my Mom and Dad for making me the man I am today, my Grandma and Grandpa Plummer for all their support, and my brothers for all their love,” said Plummer.