Pittsburg names Popp next girl’s basketball head coach

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg High School announced on Wednesday Chris Popp will be the new head coach of the school’s girl’s basketball program.

“I’m from Kansas and I enjoy the size of the town and the people. At the end of the day, it’s about the people,” Popp says about taking the job, “It’s a great place with great people. I’ve been within a 3 hour radius of here for about 30 years, including as a coach and as a recruiter for the last 18 years. I’m fairly familiar with southeast Kansas basketball.”

Popp spent the last two seasons with the Pitt State men’s basketball program, serving as an assistant coach under Kim Anderson.

He spent 2016-2020 as the men’s basketball head coach at Missouri State-West Plains, and was an assistant coach for the University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith from 2011-2016. He’s been in the college game since 2004, so returning to the high school level will be a bit of a chance for Popp.

“It will be an adjustment, but I’ve been around the game in a lot of ways and a lot of different levels,” Popp says, “What makes coaching great is the same thing at any level. It’s the relationships and it’s the people. The X’s and O’s and some of the things you adjust and some of the ways you approach certain things will be a little different, but overall coaching is coaching. I’m excited about this opportunity.”

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