Augusta names Petty new boys head coach

Charles Chaney
Butler County Times Gazette

Jake Sims felt the timing was right and accepted a position to be the Assistant Principal at the middle school in Augusta.

As Sims resigned from his head coaching duties to take over the administrative role at the middle school, the Orioles went out and found Ryan Petty from Liberal High School to keep the momentum flowing for the boy’s basketball program.

Augusta announced Petty on Wednesday night through press release.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Petty to the Oriole family and are confident he will continue to build on the basketball program’s success,” Athletic Director Travis Olive said.

Petty comes from Liberal, where he was the head coach for the previous three seasons. In his three years at Liberal, Petty went 26-37 as the head coach.

A 2009 Liberal graduate and a 2013 grad of the University of Kansas, Petty brings a wealth of experience, not only as a head coach but from his days as an assistant, too.

Previous to being the head coach at Liberal, Petty was an assistant where Liberal won two league championships and qualified for the Class 5A State Tournament in 2016.

While an assistant at Lansing, Petty helped the Lions finish as the Class 5A State Runner-up in 2013.

Petty comes in with big shoes to fill. The Orioles have qualified for back-to-back state tournaments, making the Final Four each year. They were Class 4A State Runner-ups in 2019.

Sims, during his tenure at Augusta was 69-23 over four years as the head coach.

“It was a fun run at AHS,” Sims said. “Opportunity was at the right time.”