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Jamestown boys basketball coach resigns
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Kessler, who came to Jamestown after being an assistant to longtime Williston coach Mark Slotsve, recently finished his fourth season at the helm.

“I had high expectations for myself and I wasn’t meeting them,” said Kessler, who had a 28-59 mark during his tenure. “We weren’t meeting them as a program. I’m not the kind of guy to just hold on because I want to do the job. I want to see progression. I want to see growth. And I wasn’t seeing it under my leadership.”

Jamestown struggled through a 5-16 campaign, winning just two more games than the previous season. The Blue Jays didn’t fare well the past two years in the West Region tournament, going two-and-out both times, though they did win a play-in game at Turtle Mountain in 2013.

Kessler said he felt it was time for someone else to have a shot at making the Blue Jays competitive. Jamestown has gone to state once in the past 19 years, making the trip in 2001. From 1974 to 1994, the Blue Jay boys went 17 times.

“I really think that you can be competitive in the West Region, regardless of the talent you have,” Kessler said. “I didn’t see us progressing in that direction.”

Kessler will remain a teacher at Jamestown Middle School and continue to serve as head baseball coach.

A search for Kessler’s replacement will begin immediately, according to a press release issued by athletic director Jim Roaldson.

Chris Aarhus
Aarhus has been a sportswriter for the Jamestown Sun since May of 2012. Prior to that, he was the sports editor at the Minot Daily News and The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D. He also worked as a sports writer at The Dickinson Press. He was honored as North Dakota's Sportswriter of the Year for 2014.
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