TAYLORSVILLE — Alexander Central High has turned its varsity boys’ basketball program over to a key assistant who helped Ed Wills guided many of the Cougars’ best teams of the last half-century.
Cam Gant, head junior varsity boys’ coach and on the varsity bench with Ed Wills for eight seasons, has been named to replace Wills, who coached the varsity Cougars for 19 years.
Wills resigned in March after Alexander Central went 18-8, including 7-3 and a second-place finish behind Freedom in the Northwestern 3A-4A last season.
Willis guided his teams in Taylorsville to a record of 292-202 and to the state playoffs 14 times. The Cougars won two league titles (2015-2016 and 2021-2022) and shared a 2011-2012 crown with Freedom.
Alexander Central’s fifth head coach since the late 1970s, Wills replaced Jim Boone as the boss after the 2003-2004 season.
Fourteen of Wills’ 19 teams had winning records and so did eight of his last nine.
In the last 51 basketball seasons, Alexander Central has had 25 winning records and five of those won 20 more more — two years ago, the Cougars went 23-5 and Wills coached four others. The other 20-game winner was 20-9 under Dale Yount in 1994-1995.