It's not just players that Kyle Smithpeters likes to put in position to be successful.
The John A. Logan College men's basketball head coach is losing his top assistant as John Clancy was named new Triton College coach Wednesday.
Clancy spent this past season as Smithpeters' assistant coach and was "a great asset."
"I'm excited for John and his opportunity. I think it speaks volume for what we are doing here that in a one year, you can move on and become a head coach. John is a great asset, awesome at what he does and leaves John A. Logan College better than he found it."
Clancy will now take over a program a mere 30 minutes from his house in River Grove, where Triton is 20 minutes from downtown Chicago.
After four years on the bench at SIU, then Triton head coach Steve Christiansen brought Clancy on board to be an assistant. This past season, Clancy served as Smithpeters' assistant where the Volunteers went 18-5, winning the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and participating in the National Tournament in Hutchison, Kansas.
"I am beyond grateful for the opportunity Coach Kyle Smithpeters and (athletic director) Greg Starrick gave me to be a part of the Logan basketball program this year," Clancy said in an exclusive interview. "To be able to learn from one of the best people and coaches in the business and at one of the now blue blood programs in the nation, put me in position to be ready to the Triton program.
"It is truly bittersweet, as I am extremely excited to become a head coach at nationally ranked and rising program but it is sad to be leaving a region and place who cares so much about Logan basketball," Clancy added. "Being able to work with two of my closest friends in Kyle and Tyler Smithpeters on a daily basis was an incredible experience."
The family aspect of the JALC basketball program is something that Clancy feels he will miss the most.
"I got to work with some really great people," he said. "Kyle, Tyler, Charlie Jones and Marcus Walker. It's rare to get an opportunity to be in an environment where basketball is so important, but I've never had as much fun on a staff as I had with those guys. They are genuinely good people and are in it for the right reason."
The Trojans went 20-4 this past season under Christiansen
Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.