Kenney takes over as JV boys basketball coach

Published 9:43 am Thursday, October 29, 2020

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During his 20-plus years in the county, Tim Kenney has coached girls and boys basketball at South Davie. He was an assistant for the Davie varsity boys. Then he was an assistant with the Davie varsity girls.

Now he’s the new JV boys coach at Davie, replacing Ty Woodring, who handled that job for three years. The past four years, Kenney was Kevin Revels’ assistant with the varsity girls. The roles have reversed, as Revels will be Kenney’s assistant on JV.

“It’s nostalgic in a way because I spent all those years with Mike (Absher) and the (varsity) boys,” Kenney said. “I spent a few with the girls and now I’m back with the boys. But basketball is basketball and coaching is coaching, and I’m thrilled and excited to be a part of the (boys) program again.”

Kenney is glad to have Revels by his side.

“It is kind of cool,” he said. “We’re looking forward to it. We get a good chance to look at these kids now. We’re really excited that Mike is letting us be a part of the program.”

Offseason workouts have been full speed ahead for a while now.

“We started in the summer,” Kenney said. “We had to take some time off with the dead period. We have six total workouts a week. We have a Monday/Wednesday group and a Tuesday/Thursday group. Some days there’s one workout; some days there’s two. So it averages out to five or six workouts a week. It’s been good. The kids have been really good about (following strict guidelines associated with coronavirus). We’re lucky because we’ve been going pretty steady since the summer.

“The turnouts have been very good. We’ve been really pleased with how hard the kids have been working. It’s only 45 minutes, but when they leave, they look like wet dish rags.”

The first official practice for girls and boys basketball will be Dec. 7. The season will open Jan. 4. The 14th and final regular-season game will be Feb. 19.

“It’s definitely going to be an abbreviated season, but it’s going to be a season,” Kenney said. “It’s like being in the cheap seats for your favorite concert. You’re in the last row, behind the pole. You can’t see the stage very well, but you’re in the building. That’s kind of how it is here. We’re not going to have the full season that we want, but we’re thrilled to be able to suit up and compete.”

Absher’s varsity assistants will be Bruce Wallace and Shane Nixon. No change there. Mike Dinkins will be back as the freshman coach.

“I’m super excited to have Tim back and to have coach Revels join us,” Absher said.