By Jake Thompson
— Danville Community High School Athletic Director Jon Regashus announced earlier this week that former Avon High School basketball standout and Butler University player Kaley May will take over the reins of the Warriors’ girls’ basketball program next season.
“From the very beginning of our search, coach May was extremely impressive in every aspect of the process,” Regashus said in a press release. “Her professionalism, experience, organization, and basketball pedigree make her the right person to lead our girls’ basketball program.”
The Avon alum was a member of the 2008 Indiana All-Star squad and played four years at Butler, graduating in 2012.
May has spent the past year as the junior varsity coach and varsity assistant coach at Southport High School.
“Honestly, I didn’t expect to get as much as a look as I did,” May said. “I’m very humbled by the fact that I was chosen out of so many respectable applicants.”
According to the school’s press release, May was chosen from a pool of 26 applicants and will begin teaching social studies next year at the high school.
May started all four years with the Orioles and was one of their all-time career leaders in scoring and rebounding. After high school, she helped Butler to four consecutive WNIT tournament appearances, along with three 20-plus wins in her tenure.
May said she did not believe the option to become a head coach would come along so soon, but it was what she’d hoped would eventually happen.
“I definitely did not expect to have the opportunity so soon,” she said. “When I heard about the Danville position opening up, I thought it was a great opportunity for me to achieve one of my career goals and that’s why I went after it.”
May has already met with members of the Danville squad that brings back all but one player from a year where the Warriors advanced to the sectional final and finished with a 12-11 record.
She said she hopes to be able to bring the Warriors’ level of play up to that of contending for county and conference titles within a couple of seasons, but hopes “we can reach that level next year.”
After talking with the team and looking over the statistics from last season, May said she sees a squad with athleticism and speed, but also a strong inside presence.
“It’s going to be a challenge for me to find balance between speed and power on the inside,” she said. “I’m really excited about that challenge.”
To that end, the search for assistant coaches is currently underway.
“I want to be a coach that can teach the game, but also life lessons,” May said. “I want to be a coach that’s a role model for my players and I want to make sure I’m respected around the community. It’s important to me that I’m fulfilling all of those things.
“It’s important to me to get the right assistants that are willing to follow along with what I want to put in place with my system and are wanting to be great communicators and also role models for our girls as a staff.”
May will have plenty of local encouragement to achieve her goals.
“My whole family lives in Hendricks County,” she said. “They’ve all supported me along the way and I have a lot of people that are rooting for me and that means a lot.”