Seton Catholic hires boys basketball coach

Aaron Jenniges takes over for a program that has made it to state the past two years

Seton Catholic has a new boys basketball coach.

Aaron Jenniges, who has coached the junior varsity squad the past four seasons, is now the head coach.

Aaron Jenniges is the new boys basketball coach at Seton Catholic. Photo courtesy Seton Catholic athletics
Aaron Jenniges is the new boys basketball coach at Seton Catholic. Photo courtesy Seton Catholic athletics

Kris Small has left the program to spend more time with his family. Small led the Cougars to back-to-back Class 1A state tournament appearances.

“I learned in the Marines: ‘Leave it better than you found it.’ I feel 100 percent comfortable leaving because I know it’s better than when I found it,” Small said.

His children, 12 and 10, are getting older and have many different sports and activities. Small said he wanted to be there for them.

“All they’ve ever known of me is as a basketball coach. I’ve had to leave their events to go to basketball,” Small said. “I want to see the whole thing. I want to be there for them.”

Small told Phil Kent, Seton Catholic’s athletic director, that it was time.

“It doesn’t mean I don’t love Seton. I love basketball. I love the kids. But I want to put my family first,” Small said.

Kent thanked Small for the job he did at Seton Catholic. Kent is also looking forward to the future.

Jenniges grew up in Indiana, where basketball is king. He played on the scout team at Valparaiso University. 

“Jenniges runs a full-court, pressure defense and an up-tempo style offense,” Kent said in a press release. “He looks forward to cultivating the basketball program from the ground up, beginning with building a strong youth program. He’s excited about the young players coming up and is looking forward to a smooth transition.”


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Paul Valencia joins after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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