El Dorado hired Jae Kell as the new senior varsity girls’ basketball coach on Monday. She had her first practice on Tuesday and will take the Lady Wildcats to a camp in Shreveport on Thursday.
Kell was the coach at Warren for three years. She guided the Lady Lumberjacks to a 16-7 record last season, including a 55-48 win over El Dorado in the Camden Fairview Holiday Tournament.
“I like to go fast, push the ball and play exciting basketball. But it all depends on what kind of kids you’ve got,” Kell said on Tuesday. “We just had our first practice today and I think we’ve got the kids that can run and go. They can run.”
Kell laughed when asked about getting to work so quickly.
“They hired me and the next day, you’ve got to get on the horse. You’ve got to go.”
The Lady Wildcats graduated five seniors who logged the bulk of the minutes last season under Destinee Rogers, who took an assistant coaching position at Arkansas State University.
Kell takes over a young team, which means the summer will be important as the program transitions to a new coach. Thursday’s camp will be more about the Lady Wildcats than their opponents.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what our kids have got,” she said. “I want to see how they handle adversity. Hopefully we can be successful. I want to see how they handle that, too. Because it’s so quick after I got hired, it’s really just a get-to-know-you camp. I want to see how they play, see what they’ve got.”