Dailer had success coaching both girls and boys teams at EHS

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Editor’s note: The following story is one in a series of profiles of individuals that will be inducted in the Randolph County Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Jay Dailer coached both girls and boys basketball at Ekins High School from 1980-1986.

Dailer led the Lady Tigers to five sectional titles, three Big 10 titles and two regional titles.

His career record was 117-51.

Dailer was also instrumental in producing three straight 20-win seasons as the Elkins girls made back-to-back state tournament appearances in 1981 and 1982.

They were state runners-up in 1982 as well as setting a school-record of 25 wins that same year.

Dailer also coached the boys program from 1982-1986. His career record stands at 50-40.

There were two sectional championships in 1984 and 1986 and a Big 10 championship in 1983-1984.

During Dailer’s coaching career at EHS, there were two girls and one boy who were named to the first team all-state.

Alexis Basil in 1981-1982, Kim Lewis in 1982-1983 and Scott Shepherd in 1985 were these All-State players.

As with any great coach, the players abilities are not without noting — four players scored 1,000 points in their high school careers under Dailer’s guidance. They were Basil, Becky Vance, Wendy Matthew and Shepherd.


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