DOBSON — Surry Central’s boys basketball team saw its bench depleted in the offseason, and now head coach Ken Eiswald is starting to rebuild.
Central alumnus Cody Simpson has been announced as the boys’ JV basketball coach.
Simpson, class of 2006, was a four-year player in basketball and a top seed on the tennis team, said Eiswald.
Cody is an example of a young man who was decent in his sport, but kept working and got better and better, the coach said.
He played tennis at Pfeiffer and later joined the JV basketball team, said Eiswald. He got in peak physical shape and still worked on his basketball skills until he became a much better player than in high school. A couple of years ago, Cody took part in the alumni game against the current players and nearly single-handedly beat the teens.
A history major in college, Simpson has worked as a personal trainer, tennis coach and girls’ AAU basketball coach, working with current Lady Eagles like Marlee Wilmoth and Kristin Key, said Eiswald.
“He’s a pretty good coach,” said Eiswald, but his greatest benefit to the team could be away from the court. Simpson already has been working out in the weight room and has demonstrated exercises and proper technique to the players. His understanding of muscle building could help the players with strength, endurance and explosiveness.
Eiswald lost all three assistants from last season. Brad Davis was named the head coach of the East Wilkes team. Myles Wilmoth and Jeff Edmonds stepped down for family reasons.
“Myles and Jeff had priorities that trumped basketball so I didn’t even try to talk them out of it,” said Eiswald.
Edmonds has two young sons who are part of the Dobson Dolphins swim team, and he wants to spend more time with them.
Wilmoth has his plate full with acting as school athletic director and keeping up with his children: senior Marlee and son Ethan, who plays for the UNC-Asheville basketball team.
“Trying to replace Myles and Jeff, you just can’t do it with all the experience they brought, their rapport with the players,” the coach said. “The program is a lot better because they were a part of it.”
For now, Eiswald is moving forward with just the one assistant, but may add another if he finds a good fit.