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HILLVIEW -- What college basketball coach has won the most national championships and what school does he work for?
Ron Arnett has won 11 national championships as head coach of the Kentucky Christian University Lady Knights, including the past three National Christian College Athletic Association titles.
When Rachel Chester of Micah Christian Academy in northern Bullitt County went down to try out for a possible spot on next year’s roster, the coach who has won 78 percent of his games at the Grayson, Ky., university was impressed.
So impressed that Chester will be one of six incoming freshmen who will play next season.
“I look for good feet and good hands,” said Arnett. “And I look for intelligence.”
When Chester came down to work out with the team, Arnett said he could see a player who knew how to play the point guard position. She could also shoot the ball.
“She’s a hard worker and an outstanding young lady,” said the veteran coach.
With her parents, Troy and Carla Chester, at her side, Rachel signed the letter of intent Thursday to play her college basketball at Kentucky Christian.
“I felt comfortable there,” Chester said of her visit to campus.
She’s been playing basketball since she was young but playing college hoops was always a dream.
In looking at colleges to attend, Chester said she wanted one that provided a good academic and athletic setting in a Christian environment.
Over the years, she thought about the extra publicity she might have received if she played for a public school; however, it was the Christian atmosphere and the quality education at Micah that kept her at the school.
The 17-year-old is looking to major in marketing with a career as a graphic designer down the road.
Until then, she is looking to improve her basketball skills. Working on confidence and upper body strength will be goals for the summer.
During her six years of playing at Micah, coach Darrell Roberts said Chester’s role changed.
Primarily, she was a point guard. It wasn’t until her senior year that Chester was called upon to score more points.
“Her biggest asset is that she understands the point guard role,” said Roberts. “And she has a great attitude about being a true point guard.
Averaging less than 10 points a game coming into her senior year, that doubled during her final 8-7 season.
“She can shoot the ball and she’s tremendous at running the team.”
He felt she could have played at a Division II school but knew that she wanted to find the perfect fit.
“She was looking for a good academic and athletic school,” said Roberts.
Over his 12 years as athletic director, Roberts said probably 14-16 seniors have gone on to play at the collegiate level.
“It’s good for the program to know that you can go to a smaller school and still have opportunities,” said Roberts. “And it helps motivate the returning players.”
Coming off a 27-6 national championship season, Arnett said Chester could see some time on the varsity squad. More than likely, she will play on the junior varsity squad.
“It’s good basketball,” said Arnett. “She has a chance to come in and be our point guard in her sophomore season.”