Edward “Butch” Jointer has been named the boys’ basketball head coach at Frankfort High School. He is the school’s 39th men’s basketball coach in the program’s 112-year history.
Jointer replaces Chris O’Bryan, who stepped down after three years as Panthers head coach.
“He has decided to step aside to spend more time with his family, mainly his youngest daughter,” FHS director Tyler Reed said of O’Bryan in an email to the State Journal. âHe retains his teaching position at Frankfort High School.
Evelynne Coleman-O’Bryan was born on February 8, 2020 to O’Bryan and his wife, Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman.
Jointer has been O’Bryan’s best assistant for the past three seasons. Under O’Bryan and his staff, Frankfort High won two back-to-back district titles, three regional appearances, an All ‘A’ Classic state final and set the school record for most wins in a season. with 28.
âButch’s familiarity with student-athletes and the Panther community were key factors in making him a head coach,â said Reed. âWhile there is an expected learning curve from assistant coach to head coach, we firmly believe that Butch is the right person to continue the magic that was started under Coach O’Bryan. .
Jointer is from Nicholasville, where he played basketball for East Jessamine High School under O’Bryan. He wrote for four seasons at EJHS. At that time, he set school records with 1,617 points, 689 rebounds and 185 steals.
As a senior, he was an All-State First Selection on the first team after averaging 21 points and 8.1 rebounds per fight while shooting 49 percent from the ground and 73 percent from the foul line. During this time, he compiled several accolades, including teams from all 42nd District and Region tournaments, the 11th Region Player of the Year, the Kentucky-Ohio star, and the Kentucky-Indiana star. .
Jointer got a scholarship to play at St. Catharine College. In his freshman year, he averaged 17 points and six rebounds per fight and won all-conference first-team accolades. In his sophomore year, he averaged 19.5 points and 7.2 rebounds, becoming the first 1,000-point goalscorer in school history.
After graduating, Jointer secured another scholarship to end his playing career at Western Kentucky University under the direction of Northern Kentucky head coach Darrin Horn. He helped the Hilltoppers win the Sun Belt East season title and the Sun Belt Conference title.
After graduating, Jointer joined the United States Army in 2011, where he served five years in active duty and three years in the Army Reserves. He has been with Frankfort High School for three years as a junior college coach.
Jointer has a family of sportsmen. Her fiance, TaNeisha Johnson, played basketball at Morehead State University. Her daughter, ZaKiyah (14), plays basketball for Shelby County High School in eighth grade. Her son, Omari (12), plays basketball and football for Second Street School. He also has another son, Bryson (3).