Ryan Darst will be entering his 6th year as the Vikings Head Coach in 2018-2019. Ryan wants to thanks his amazing family, administration, and West Community for all the support. Coach Darst is excited about the great administration, staff, players, and parents he will be working with this year.
Ryan, who is a graduate of Pittsburg State University, is enjoying his 21st year as a Math teacher here at West. He and his wife Beth are former Vikings themselves and have two sons and a daughter. David is 16, Adam is 13, and Allison is 10. Coach Darst would like to tell all those future Viking Hoopers out there to keep working hard, have fun, and that he will see them at camps, clinics, and games this year!
After spending 8 years away from SMW, Coach Rabbitt is returning to not only the Viking Community but also the Viking Hoops Community. Coach Rabbitt spent 2 years here as the Varsity Girls Coach prior to leaving to serve as the BVSW Varsity Men’s Coach. During Coach Rabbitt’s coaching career, he has amassed over 100 career victories and has had the privilege of working with outstanding players and coaches. Coach has had over 20 players go on to play at the college level. His Lady Viking team won the Sunflower League and finished 3rd at State during the 2008-2009 season, a season in which Coach Rabbitt was named the Sunflower League Co-Coach of the year. Towards the end of his stint as the Varsity Men’s Coach at BVSW, Coach Rabbitt was named the Community for Coaches Male Coach of the Year (2017).
Coach Rabbitt is married to his wife, Jocelyn, who is also a teacher and a former coach. They have two sons, Connor and Hayden. He is a graduate of Shawnee Mission South (95), where he was a varsity baseball and basketball player. He was fortunate enough to play with some great teammates and was part of Sunflower League Championships in both sports. He comes from a basketball family; his father was a member of the 1964 NAIA National Championship team and his brother, Kevin, was a 3 year starting PG at Rice University. After High School, Coach Rabbitt accepted a scholarship to play hoops at Avila University. After his sophomore year at Avila, he transferred to KU where, for the first time in his life…he was just a student (not a student/athlete). Coach Rabbitt is excited to be back with the outstanding SMW Community. After stepping down as the Head Coach at BVSW and leaving the profession altogether (for a short period of time), Coach Rabbitt’s first choice was to return to the land of the Vikings. He feels really excited to be back…once a Viking, always a Viking!
Hunter Henry graduated from Shawnee Mission West in 2004. During his time at West, he lettered in basketball and tennis. After graduating, Hunter attended Northwest Missouri State on a basketball scholarship. He was an All-MIAA performer three of his four years, including MVP his sophomore year. After completing his career at Northwest, he played one year professionally in Germany. Hunter earned his bachelors degree in Social Science Education in 2011 from Northwest Missouri State.
Hunter is entering his Eighth year as a coach at West. He is the JV Coach and also assists Coach Darst with the Varsity team. He teaches Honors World Regional Studies and Economics, and is also the Head Boy’s Tennis Coach. Hunter is excited for the new year, the new group of players and the new group of coaches here at West.
Alexander Mobley is entering his first year as the Sophomore Coach for the Vikings. Alexander played high-school basketball for Dunbar Senior High in Baltimore, Maryland, in which won the Mythical National Championship in 1991 as a sophomore. His varsity team went 29-0 that year, finished ranked #1 by USA Today, Street & Smith and the Associated Press. Alexander’s undefeated team beat some of the best high-school programs in the USA that year, which included Simon Gratz of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and former NBA player Rasheed Wallace and St. Anthony’s High-School in New Jersey and former Kentucky and NBA player Rodrick Rhodes. Alexander’s high-school basketball team won the Maryland State Championship as a sophomore, junior and senior. Alexander played college basketball at Virginia Union University and won the CIAA Tournament Championship as a senior and advanced to the Division II Final Four. Alexander went on to play 5 years overseas in Luxembourg, Brazil, Korea, Switzerland and Mexico. Alexander met his wife Veronica in Brazil and they have one son, Isaiah who is 10 years of age. Alexander completed his Bachelor’s Degree and MBA degree at the University of Phoenix. Alexander was a volunteer Assistant Basketball Coach at KCKCC in 2006 and is very excited to add significant value to the SMW basketball program and motivate the student athletes to be great basketball players, but most importantly, great people.
Brian Mills is entering his first season at SMW as Freshman Boys Basketball coach. He previously coached at D-II Shorter University in Rome, GA before three years at Ed White High School in Jacksonville, FL, one year as Varsity Assistant and two years as Varsity Head Coach. Brian graduated from Mercer University in Macon, GA in 2011 after a First-Team All-Conference senior campaign. He played professionally for three seasons in Portugal, Iceland, and Romania.
Coach Mills teaches Math and has had a great start at SMW. He recently married his wife, Mallorie, a KC native. Brian would like to thank Coach Darst, Todd McAtee, and Steve Loe for the opportunity to teach and coach the young men at SMW.
Frederick is entering his second season as the freshman boys' basketball coach. Coach Hill is from Hutchinson, KS, where he attended Hutchinson High School and lettered in two sports (basketball and track). He played basketball for Hutchinson Community College before earning his B.S. in Social Science from Kansas State University.
Coach Hill is pleased to be on the Viking coaching staff and is looking forward to working with the freshman boys this year.