In the spring when he's not working with the throwers on the Panther's varsity track and field team you can generally find him playing a similar role at the middle school.

But, while his contributions to both of those programs have taken considerable time and run incredibly deep, it's in the winter sports season where Scott Humphries' knowledge, skill and acumen truly stand out in his role as the head coach of the Centralia varsity boys basketball team.

"My first year, which was last year, we were 5-19 overall. We ended up starting three freshmen and a sophomore by the end of last year," said Humphries. "We are gonna be a lot better this year but it will still be in uphill climb do to our youth. My assistants are former members of the Centralia state championship team in 2004, Dave Meyers, Chad Thall and Michael Rodgers."

After attending Salisbury High School, Humphries graduated from Missouri Valley College in 2010. Shortly there after he joined the coaching staff at Westran, where he was the varsity boys basketball coach and an assistant varsity football coach.

"I was hired at Centralia in spring of 2016. I’m the head boys basketball coach and assistant middle school and assistant high school Track. I’m also the A-Plus coordinator and a high school physical education teacher."

While the Panthers are back in the gym and getting ready for area rivals such as North Callaway on Nov. 28 and Boonville on Nov. 30, the squad also has some true tests coming up directly after that. This includes Centralia's 4 a.m. game against Confluence Prep Academy at the Norm Stewart 48 hours of basketball Classic and from Dec. 5-9 the squad is hosting its own tournament.