HURON — Jon Schouten is entering his first year as the head coach for the Huron Tiger boys’ basketball program, as announced at a special meeting held by the school board on Friday afternoon.
After spending his first year in Huron as the ninth-grade girls coach, Coach Schouten has been an assistant coach in the boys program for the past five seasons, serving one year each as the fresman and sophomore coach. He has spent the last three seasons as the junior varsity boys’ coach and varsity assistant.
A 2007 graduate of James Valley Christian, Coach Schouten and his wife Hannah moved back to Huron after graduating from Northwestern College, in Orange City, Iowa. During his time at Northwestern, he spent three years as a student coach and one year as the head men’s JV coach for Head Coach Kris Korver.
In his time in Huron, Schouten has served as a math and social studies teacher at the Huron Middle School for three years. He is currently serving his third year as a K-1 physical education and Boost Up instructor at Buchanan Elementary.
Schouten’s wife Hannah is the manager at Aroma Coffee and Cafe in town. They have two boys Kobe, age 3, and Theo, age 1, plus they are expecting a baby boy in July.
“I am extremely blessed and grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead the boys’ basketball program here in Huron. Basketball is a powerful game. While winning is important, basketball is about so much more than victories and defeats,” said Schouten. “I look forward to partnering with the other coaches as well as the student-athletes and parents in building high-character young men who can go on to impact the world.”