For Todd Schayes, Kent Denver’s head basketball coach since 1993, “playing basketball for Kent Denver means representing your school, your family, and yourself in the highest form of sportsmanship, character, and class. It embodies the core values that our school stands for.”
Coach Schayes asks his players to set personal and team goals, and wants his players to learn from the success, as well as the adversity, that comes with playing high school sports, applying these lessons to their time in high school and beyond.
Three of Coach Schayes’ players have been named 3A State Players of the Year. and 11 have gone on to play college basketball, including seven at the Division I level:
- Kyle Lewis - University of Denver (2007 3A Player of the Year)
- Robby Pride - Dartmouth College (2006 3A Player of the Year)
- Max Wiepking - University of Arizona
- Ben Stewart - University of Connecticut
- Coby Gold - Macalester College
- Holt Dunlap - University of California, Santa Barbara
- Billy Lane - Carthage College
- Michael Hanley - Ithaca College
- Jared Smith - Fort Lewis College (2011 3A Player of the Year)
- Benan Ersek - University of Colorado
- Josh Repine - University of Colorado.
Two former players—Ben Stewart (UConn, 2011) and Jon Payne (Duke, 2015)— earned NCAA Division I National Championship rings, Payne as Coach Mike Krzyzewski's lead team manager.