Colby Community College announced Wichita South High School head coach Antwain Scales will lead the Lady Trojan basketball program beginning in 2018. He takes over for interim head coach Shareka Maner, who finished last season when Chris Marks resigned in November.

“I am thankful for the opportunity that Dr. Carter and the Colby staff and administration has given me,” Scales said. “I am eager to get to work resurrecting the Trojan women’s basketball program.”

Scales enters the position after a storied seven year career at South when he went 152-18. His teams appeared in the Kansas 6A state tournament every year and won four consecutive championships from 2013-16. The fourth title earned him coach of the year honors by the National High School Coaches Association and the National Federation of State High School Associations.

CCC President Dr. Seth Carter believes in the philosophy Scales brings to the college.

“Coach Scales has developed a culture of not only winning but also helping young women become better students and citizens,” Carter said. “These are attributes we deem vitally important to leading the Colby Community College women's basketball program.”

Scales is expected to bring stability to a program that has struggled in recent years. The Lady Trojans are 34-152 since 2012, including a record of 11-106 in the competitive Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.

“This will be a strategic process that will not be taken lightly,” said Scales. “I am committed to establishing a winning culture academically and athletically that the Colby community can be proud of. It's a good day to be a Colby Trojan.”

Scales will officially begin his duties May 14.