Memorial assistant Nate West is moving to East Central as the Cardinals’ new boys basketball head coach, pending Tulsa Public Schools board approval.

West, 33, succeeds Lynwood Wade, who resigned after six seasons to become head coach at his alma mater, Muskogee.

“It’s a real exciting time for me and although I’m going to miss my Memorial family, I’m looking forward to forming great relationships with the kids, teachers and administrators at East Central,” West said.

West was an assistant the past seven years at Memorial. During that time, the Chargers won five Class 5A state titles, including the past three years.

“He is one of the most honest and competitive people I have ever been around,” said Memorial head coach Bobby Allison, who has known West for 25-plus years. “He is a great leader for student-athletes, a continuous learner of basketball and education. ...

“East Central has the potential to be a top-five program in 5A, and coach West has the vision and work ethic to make it happen.”

West also won a state title as a player at Memorial in 2003.

“He’s ready to be a head coach,” Tulsa Public Schools athletic director Gil Cloud said. “He was in a very successful program at Memorial and we look for him to bring some of those same type of coaching attributes with him to East Central.”

West was a Tulsa World All-Metro third-team selection in 2005 and is an Oklahoma State graduate. He inherits an East Central team that went 8-15 during the past season.

”I’ve learned a lot from the coaches at Memorial, but I know I have plenty to learn and prove,” West said. “I want to bring to East Central the family atmosphere that brought togetherness, the unwillingness to be broken, that brotherhood and unbelievable bond that we had at Memorial. I want the kids to have as much pride as possible in the program and have them want to leave a legacy at East Central as the players have wanted to do at Memorial.”

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