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Salina Central’s Chris Fear – Coach Of The Month Presented By Salina Regional Orthopedic Clinic

By Matt Browning

Chris Fear, the head girls basketball coach at Salina Central, was named the Salina Regional Orthopedic Clinic Coach of the Month for November. 

This season will be Fear’s seventh as the head coach of the Lady Mustangs, but he has also been the head men’s coach at Dana College in Nebraska and Kansas Wesleyan.

“My basketball philosophy revolves around our belief that we are stronger together and as a team,” Fear said. “Our philosophy revolves around the concepts of enthusiasm, trust, communication, commitment, and accountability. We are constantly working to grow and protect our culture of ‘One Mustang.’ When we are together, like a fist, we are as strong as we can be.”

On the court, Fear does not have a specific philosophy, but chooses to adapt to the personnel on his team.

“I believe that good coaches should coach their teams based on their personnel and what they teams can do well,” Fear said. “In my opinion, that gives your team the best chance to be successful. My job is to identify what it was that we do well and formulate a game plan that will allow us to reach our potential.”

It has been a successful tenure for Fear at Salina Central and there are several key moments that stand out.

“I have been blessed to have several good moments at Central,” Fear said. “The first two teams that I coached at Central went to the state tournament. We then had a two-year reset before a third place and second place finish at the state tournament. The 2021-22 season included the first perfect regular season in Central history as well as a No. 1 ranking for several weeks. I have had the opportunity to work with several outstanding players and great coaches.”

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