New Basketball Coach Named
Doane College Athletic Director Greg Heier announced today the hiring of Jim Weeks as head men's basketball coach for the Tigers. Weeks, a 1985 Doane graduate, joins the Tiger coaching staff following a long tenure at Beatrice High School.
Coach Weeks has set the standard of how to build a program. In 26 years, 24 at Beatrice, he won 441 games and lead Beatrice to three state titles (1998, 2005, 2008), three runner-up finishes, 13 Class B semifinal appearances and a 3rd Place finish at the Class B Boys State Tournament this past season. Beatrice has qualified for the state tournament in 15 of the past 17 years.
"The most successful coaches I have worked with have two common characteristics," Heier said. "Those characteristics are an incredible work ethic and an undeniable passion for their sport. I see in Coach Weeks both of these qualities. We are excited to have a coach of his caliber joining us as we continue to build a culture of values and success at Doane College. I have no question that Coach Weeks will continue his long track record of producing winning teams and great student-athletes as he transitions from high school to the college level."
Weeks' teams have been consistently rated in the Top 5 of the final Class B state rankings, posting that mark in 17 of the past 18 years. The 2005 Beatrice team is the last squad to finish a season undefeated in Class B (24-0). Weeks has coached 16 Class B First Team All-State players and led the Orangemen to a 67-game home win streak from 2002 to 2008.
"I love Doane and it was a great experience for me," Weeks commented. "The success that so many of the coaches, from track to volleyball to football to baseball, are having is very intriguing. I believe rising tides raise all the boats and they have set a standard that I want to achieve with men's basketball."
Weeks added the support and belief in his abilities that Heier displayed made his decision a simple one.
Graduating from Doane with a degree in education gave Weeks a variety of opportunities following his time as a Tiger. He was a four-year member of the track and field team and attributes much of his successes to former coach Fred Beile. In 2000, he earned his Master of Arts in Management degree from Doane.
"Coach Beile taught me toughness and made me earn everything," Weeks recalled. "He was there in a time in my life when I needed it and made a great difference for me. He installed confidence in me which helped me accomplish many things in my life."
Doane is a special place to Weeks and he is very thankful for everything he learned, especially from Beile, Kay Hegler and Doc Dudley. He says they found his talents and strengths and taught him to build on those areas while believing in him.
He replaces Ian Brown who resigned after 10 years at the helm of the Tiger program. Doane returns three starters, including a pair of all-conference players, from this year's team.
Weeks and his wife, Kim, have five children, Jackson, Jalen, Cooper, Callahan and Chloe.