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West Ashley High School hires new basketball coach

Ben Kettering

Ben Kettering (center) is the new basketball coach at West Ashley High School. Rob Tringali/Provided 

West Ashley High School has hired Ben Kettering as its new boys basketball coach, replacing veteran coach Ronnie DuPre, who retired earlier this year.

Kettering has spent the last six years at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was named the New York independent schools coach of the year in 2019-20.

“We are excited that West Ashley High was able to attract another championship-caliber coach,” said West Ashley athletic director Jeff Fipps. “Our goal was to hire a coach who would allow our basketball program to continue competing at the championship level. We believe that Coach Kettering will allow us to do just that.”

Kettering succeeds DuPre, who won 614 games over 33 seasons at James Island and West Ashley high schools before retiring in July. 

“I am deeply grateful to accept the position of head boys basketball coach at West Ashley High School,” said Kettering. “For me, the joy of coaching has always come from helping student-athletes build a sense of family within their school environment. The opportunity to do that now at West Ashley — a school rich with talent — and in Charleston, where my own family lives, is one I will cherish. I’d like to thank principal Ryan Cumback and athletic director Jeff Fipps for affording me this exciting opportunity.”

Kettering began his coaching career in 2012 as an assistant coach at the nationally ranked Tilton (N.H.) School, where he coached NBA player Terance Mann of the Los Angeles Clippers.

“We made a commitment to our student-athletes to hire the very best and bringing Coach Kettering onboard is staying true to that commitment,” said principal Ryan Cumback. “Coach Kettering won the state championship at his previous school in 2020, and we look forward to watching our program grow under his leadership.”

Kettering, a native of Fairmont, W.Va., was an all-conference wide receiver at Amherst College, where he graduated in 2011 with a degree in history. He was also captain of the 2011 New England Small College Athletic Conference championship team. 

He served as an admissions associate at Poly Prep from 2014 2016 before becoming the associate director of admissions that same year, all while serving as the head boys’ basketball coach. Kettering earned a master's degree in education from Penn in 2020.

Reach Jeff Hartsell at 843-937-5596. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_fromthePC

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