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Barneveld's Myers moves over to coach boys, son

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BARNEVELD (WKOW) -- For a 39th year Jim Myers is coaching Barneveld basketball. As the girls head coach, Myers captured six state championships and has a state record 699 wins.

"It was just amazing really just to be blessed with the amount of great kids over the all those years," Myers said.

But this year, for the first time, Myers is head coach of the boys.

"It's a little weird, but I think staying at the same school helped," Myers said.

Even with star senior Hannah Whitish back, Myers passed up a pursuit of a third-straight state title for an opportunity to coach his only child Matthew, who is a junior on the boys team.

"It's definitely special. Not a lot of people can say their dad is their coach, especially at the high school level," Matthew Myers said.

"Other coaches have told me, I asked a lot before I did it, and they all said the same thing, it's an experience that you wont forget. I think that experience is something i had to take a chance at," Myers said.

It's a unique chance as a father, but it's also a new challenge as a coach. To help and hungry boys team reach levels of success only seen by the girls of Barneveld.

"We're trying to make history here at Barneveld. Go to state, win conference championships," Matthew Myers said.

"I'm not one that's going to think I can walk in here and think just because I'm walking on the boys sideline and think that's going to make a difference other than I hope we can bring a little knowledge to the bench," Myers said.

"We're going to have our work cut out for [us], but he knows what it takes to go there and we're going to try and listen to him and work as hard as we can to get there ourselves," Matthew Myers said.

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