© 2019 by South Titan Basketball

Joel Hueser

Head Coach

Graduate of Kearney High School and participated in basketball, golf and track. He earned his degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He was also a member of the Loper Basketball team.

 

Coaching Experience:

Coach Hueser started his career in Kansas (Rock Chalk!). He was the head Varsity and junior high coach at Mankato High School. One year later he returned to Nebraska and became the head Varsity coach at McCook High School. In 2003 he was hired by Papio South and has been the head Varsity coach ever since. He teaches in the Physical Education department.

 

When asked, “Why do you coach?”

“I very grateful for this platform to serve and love people. Basketball is a great game and the life lessons taught and learned along the way are invaluable.”

 

Birthday:

April 12, 1966

Favorite Sports Team:

Rock-Chalk!

Favorite Saying/Verse/Motto:

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (Proverbs 27:17).

Hero:

My Parents

Jim Simpson

Head JV Coach

Graduate of Ashland-Greenwood High School and participated in basketball, football and golf. He attended Peru State College (participated in one year of football), Kansas State and ultimately earned his degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 

Coaching Experience:

Coach Simpson coached junior high basketball and football at Ashland-Greenwood while he was attending college. In 1989 he was hired by Madison High School to teach math and assisted in basketball, football and track. Five years later he was hired as the head basketball coach. In 2003 he helped open up Papio South. For his entire tenure he has served as the head JV coach and Varsity assistant. Jim is also the hurdles coach for the track program and teaches Math.

 

When asked, “Why do you coach?”

“Coaching provides another avenue to help develop young people to be the best they can be as adults; sure we want to win, but more importantly we want our athletes to be the best husbands, fathers, friends and citizens as possible. I really enjoy the camaraderie among coaches and the relationships that are made with coaches and players. I also enjoy the development of individual skills, watching how players grow and improve throughout that process.”

 

Birthday:

May 27, 1966

Favorite Sports Teams:

Chicago Bulls, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Royals

Favorite Saying/Verse/Motto:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Hero:

My Dad

Joseph Cooley

Varsity Assistant

Graduate of Papillion-LaVista High School and participated in baseball, basketball and tennis. He earned his degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Yes, he is a proud Loper!

 

Coaching Experience:

Coach Cooley has been teaching and coaching at Papio South since 2005. He has served as our head Reserves coach, JV assistant, and is currently the head Varsity assistant. In 2008 he began assisting tennis; in 2013 he was promoted to the head Varsity position. He was also baseball’s Varsity assistant from 2005-2014. He teaches World Civilizations, Honors World Civilizations and Leadership Academy.

 

When asked, “Why do you coach?”

“We are trying to grow and develop young men by getting to their hearts and minds on a daily basis.”

 

Birthday:

August 13, 1982

Favorite Sports Teams:

Boston Celtics, Creighton Blue Jays, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco 49’ers

Favorite Saying/Verse/Motto:

“Tell me a fact and I will know something. Teach me and I'll learn. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.”

Hero:

My Mom

Ray Keller

JV Assistant

Graduate of Millard South High School, where he spent a lot of time watching some really great basketball teams. He also participated in track and field. Coach attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha and dominated the flag football league.

Coaching Experience:

In 1992, Coach Keller assisted Coach Larry Ribble at Millard South and had the opportunity to be a part of a District Championship and State Tournament team. His formal coaching and teaching career started in 1996 at Trinity Christian School, where he coached the 7th grade basketball team. Since then and for the last twenty one years, he has always coached basketball in some capacity. In 2003, he served as our Reserve coach, but then started working as the girls Varsity Assistant in 2008. He served in that capacity until 2010, when he became the girls Varsity coach and guided the Lady Titans to their first District Championship and State Tournament berth. Most recently, he coached with the Coach Gerlecz as the Junior Varsity coach for the Lady Titans. He is also the coach the JV boys’ golf team and teach Honors and AP Government at PL South.

 

When asked, “Why do you coach?”

"I want to help the boys on this team achieve their dreams."

 

Birthday:

May 16, 1989

Favorite Sports Team:

Nebraska Cornhusker Football, Kansas City Royals Baseball, Boston Celtics Basketball

Favorite Saying/Verse/Motto:

"So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you" (1 Peter 5:6-7).

Hero:

My Dad

Ian Bowers

Head Reserve

Graduate of Denver Academy in Denver, Colorado; where he participated in baseball, basketball, cross country and track. Coach attended Hastings College and was a member of the men’s basketball team.

 

Coaching Experience:

During the summer of 2015, Coach Bowers served as the head coach for the Colorado Magic middle school level and assisted with the high school. 

 

When asked, “Why do you coach?”

"I coach because it's an opportunity to teach young adults life lessons about hard work, recovering from mistakes, and working with a team to achieve a common goal. I fell in love with basketball as a child, but the lesson I learned from being a part of a team ended up being more important than any game I've ever played in.”

 

Birthday:

March 3, 1995

Favorite Sports Team:

Denver Nuggets

Favorite Saying/Verse/Motto:

"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.”

Hero:

Bill Russell

Casey Brown

Head Frosh

Attended the legendary Wahoo High School and participated in cross country, basketball, football and track. He earned his degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Coaching Experience:

Coach Brown began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Waverly High School. He was then hired as their head Reserves coach. We are excited to have "Downtown Brown" on board with us!

 

When asked, “Why do you coach?”

“I coach because I love the game of basketball, and I love being a part of the growing of the young men I get to help coach. There are so many valuable lessons to be learned in athletics. It takes great coaches to help install these lessons, and to be a part of that process is one of the best perks about coaching.”

 

Birthday:

May 7, 1994

Favorite Sports Teams:

Rock-Chalk!

Favorite Saying/Verse/Motto:

“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

Hero:

My Father

Josias Hueser

Frosh Assistant

Coach Sy is our first alumni to serve on staff. He was a member of the 2008 Top Ten squad that finished 17-7. He still holds the career record for 3-point field goals. Josias went on to play one year at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and is currently employed at Boys Town.

 

Coaching Experience:

Coach Sy started coaching youth basketball at the age of 16. He went on to coach the Bennington High School Freshmen for one season. Then became an Assistant Family Teacher at Boys Town, teaching youth critical social skills. Started on the Boys Town coaching staff in 2014 and helped out with Reserve, Junior Varsity, and Varsity. We are very excited he is once again a Titan.

 

When asked, “Why do you coach?”

"Basketball is a great way to show young men how to deal with adversity and deal with anything life throws at them.”

 

Birthday:

February 26, 1990

Favorite Sports Team:

Detroit Pistons

Favorite Saying/Verse/Motto:

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

Hero:

Coach Paul Beranek

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