Leake named new Railer coach

Newton Kansan

Newton High School announced the hiring of Tavis Leake as the new head girls basketball coach.

Leake replaces Kate Bremmerman, who took an administrative position as principal of Walton Rural Life Elementary School during the summer.

Leake is a Wichita native. He attended both Wichita Heights and Wichita Southeast high schools, graduating from Heights. He played basketball at Sterling College, helping lead the team to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2011, qualifying for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II national tournament.

He graduated from Sterling College.

Leake serves as the teacher of the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program at Chisholm Middle School. He also coached the eighth-grade boys basketball team at Chisholm. He later coached the Railer boys junior varsity team.

In 2018, Leake left the Newton district to become a student success coach at Wichita State University Tech and coach the freshman boys team at Wichita Northwest under former Railer boys coach Andy Hill.

Leake returned to the Newton district at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

He also coaches club volleyball with his wife, Adriana, who is the head coach at Wichita Northwest.

“We are excited for coach Leake’s return to the sidelines at NHS, and know he will continue to work hard to develop and grow the girls basketball program,” Newton athletic director Brian Becker said. “He comes with a desire to compete at the highest level and continue to develop the tradition excellence that has been integral of the Lady Railer basketball program. Tavis has a passion for making sure that each student and/or athlete he works with is able to go beyond what they think they are capable of.”

Leake takes over a program that finished 1-19, 1-11 in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play last season.

According to the release, Leake has already begun working with the team during the summer workouts, along with assistant John Hansberry.