Still involved in sport he loves By Anthony Campbell Jan 8, 2022
Rep. Wes Kitchens loves basketball. It’s only natural.
His grandfather John Kitchens famously coached DAR to the 1965 state championship, then went on to a Hall of Fame career as Snead’s longtime coach. His dad Brad Kitchens has coached off and on throughout his long education career and is currently the head varsity girls coach at Arab. Uncle Lance has “coached everywhere” in Wes’ words, with stops at Claysville, Boaz, Albertville and Arab.
Despite his busy schedule in the state house, Wes still finds time to stay involved in basketball. He helps broadcast Arab games for WRAB radio.
He was at Guntersville Tuesday night broadcasting alongside Arab Hall of Famer Archie Anderson. The game meant a little more to Wes than just the usual Guntersville-Arab rivalry.
“Coach Brett Self and I were roommates for a year at Auburn,” Wes said. “We both worked for the basketball team. I was still an undergraduate and he was a graduate assistant working on his graduate degree. You are not going to find many who love the game of basketball and coach with the same energy as Brett.”
Wes served as the video coordinator for the Auburn women’s team under Coach Nell Fortner. He then became the director of basketball operations at the University of Denver before moving back home.