BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - The Big Blue has hired a former Big Red to be their next head men's basketball coach. Former Parkersburg High School and West Liberty standout, Devin Hoehn, will take over the program at Bluefield State.
"I've always wanted to do it -- ever since the time I was little," Hoehn said at his introductory press conference on Monday.
This will be Hoehn's first head coaching job, as he's just 27 years old. But age has nothing to do with his preparedness for the task at hand.
"I'm ready. I'm ready to start this thing off and start a new era -- ready just to have this thing going," he said. "It's gonna be different -- I know there's gonna be bumps on the road, but I know we're gonna get through them and we're gonna turn this thing around."
Previous head coach and now Director of Athletics, Derrick Price, was drawn to Hoehn's unique approach to the game.
"A lot of the coaches go out here and we just try to find the best player," Price said. "But, when I was talking to him, it was more of -- the best player might not work for us. You have to be able to do the little things to work for this system and this style."
That style is -- in a word -- fast.
Hoehn has spent the last nine seasons learning, studying and teaching that style under Jim Crutchfield.
Crutchfield was Hoehn's head coach at West Liberty from 2012 to 2017.
Hoehn averaged 17.3 points and 3.7 rebounds with the Hilltoppers in his senior season, en route to a First Team All-Mountain East Conference selection.
He then spent the last four seasons as an assistant at Nova Southeastern University in Broward County, Florida as a member of Crutchfield's staff.
"I told [my new players], in the fall we'll be playing open gyms and be playing to 100, maybe even to 140 -- and that shocked quite a few guys. Like, 140 points? But, that's what we do."
Hoehn admitted it's not an easy system to implement and that the effort and discipline required is not for everyone. But those that do buy in, will reap the benefits.
"The fact that -- you know -- there's never been a winning culture, I guess, established here. I kind want to -- I want to change that."