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Benton Introduces Belcher as Head Basketball Coach

Gary Belcher leaves Kearney to take over a Benton team that has won 11 times in three years.
(ST. JOSEPH) When the boys basketball head coaching job came open at Central High School two years ago, Gary Belcher's name was in the mix. He chose not to return to his alma mater, but when the same position opened at Benton last month, the former Indian chose to come back to where he grew up. 

Belcher was formally introduced as the new boys basketball coach at Benton High School on Thursday. The former Indian beat out 14 other applicants to earn the spot left open by George Ross Jr. last month. 

Lured heavily from Kearney by girls head coach Brett Goodwin and athletic director Mike Ziesel, Belcher takes over a program that boasts just 11 wins over the past three seasons. He brings a track record of rejuvenating clubs, claiming three district championships with Warrensburg after taking over a one-win team.

He led Kearney to four district titles and a pair of Show-Me Showdown appearances, finishing second in Class 4 in 2009 before claiming the state crown in 2010. 

"My time at Kearney was a good time. I was very blessed with the athletes I had there," he said. "We did some good things, and I'm looking forward to trying to duplicate that or even go above that during my time here at Benton." 
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