There’s a new Chief in Town, head Chief that is! Coach Kolton Sepulvado is taking over as the new head boys’ basketball coach of perennial 5A powerhouse Nathchitoches Central.
Coach Sepulvado takes the helm of a storied program that has seen the majority of its success under his tutelage as an assistant coach.
Coach Sepulvado is beginning his 11th year at Natchitoches Central and in that time frame the Chiefs have won 6 district championships, been to five Final Four’s, earned a State-Runnerup, and won two State Championships. The Chiefs overall record in his ten seasons is 263-67; an 80% win percentage!
Though he was an assistant for those ten years, Coach Sepulvado has amassed an undefeated record as a Head Coach at NCHS, four times having to step in for former head coach, now assistant, Micah Coleman. Sepulvado is 4-0 as a head coach and the Chiefs are looking to keep that record perfect as long they can.
On taking over and the upcoming season Sepulvado says, “My family and I are excited to continue the success we’ve enjoyed while at Natchitoches Central. I have loved being a part of the program and helping to build a winning culture that we plan to further year after year. Our coaching core hasn’t changed, with Coach Darius Burton, Coach Kaleb Usleton, and Coach Micah Coleman, we’re just filling new roles.”
“We love the prospect of another run at a district 1-5A title again this year, plus the opportunity to make a playoff run after district play. We have some key returners from last year that will need to step up and we have some really good younger players that will need to mature very quickly this season. Darius Young and Jaiden Hare are two bigs that had great years last year for us and are just key leaders when they are on the floor and in the locker room. Our other seniors are Sean Lacour, who really shoots the ball well, and Gerald Williams who is our floor general and primary ballhandler. Tim Curtis is another great leader and defensive energy guy, one of those dependable musts! Along with those guys are some underclassmen that will be returning to help us on the court. With these guys, we have a chance to be deep and relentless”, says Sepulvado.
“No matter what, when you see the Chiefs play their trademark is unrelenting hustle and smothering defense. This season will be no different in our style of play.”
Natchitoches will have their first chance to watch the Chiefs in action beginning Monday, November 23rd in the 15th annual City of Lights Classic. Game times and schedules are listed below.
The Chiefs remind all fans that seating capacity is limited to 265 patrons at this time and masks must be worn to the games. Tickets can be purchased at the door while still available.