Derby High’s girls basketball team, which comes to McPherson in December, will have a familiar face on the sidelines.
Former Wichita State women’s coach Jody Adams-Birch has been named as an assistant coach for the Panther girls.
Derby has two of the most highly recruited players in the state in juniors 6-6 Kennedy Brown and guard Tor’E Alford. Sophomore Sydney Nilles also is held in high regard by recruiters.
Jessica Diamond, who played for Adams-Birch at WSU, also will be joining the Derby coaching staff, which is led by head coach Jodie Karsak.
“What really drew my interest was who was going to be my leader,” Adams-Birch told The Wichita Eagle. “I was so impressed watching (Karsak’s) players throughout the summer and how they work and how they go about things and their commitment and just their pure love and respect for basketball.”
Adams-Birch and Karsak coached a summer team together and Adams-Birch had helped with a Derby basketball camp.
Adams-Birch left the WSU program in January. She had coached nine years with a 161-115 record, including three Missouri Valley championships from 2012-15.