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Former high school basketball coach calls Collins' announcement 'admirable'

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NBA veteran center Jason Collins is the first active male athlete from one of the big four professional leagues to come out as gay.

Many kids look up to athletes.

KSFY News spoke with a former high school coach to get his thoughts.

We spoke with Jim Trett, a former Washington High School coach.

He said some may not accept the news or might not be comfortable with it.

But he said everyone has their own life to live.

Trett coached high school basketball at Washington High for nearly two decades.

When he heard the news Jason Collins came out as gay, he called it admirable.

As a former coach, he believes Collins' announcement might help break the ice for gay, student athletes who have dreams of playing in the NBA.

In fact he says athletes like Collins can serve as a role model for all students.

"Everybody wants to be accepted. In school, you have your athletes, you have your musicians, you have your students who are good students. You have groups, especially the schools our size in Sioux Falls, you have kids from all different angles of life. And they just want to be accepted and have a group of friends and want people to treat them like they want to be treated. that's just a fair assessment. I think these types of things bring that out in the open. I think it helps these types of students," Trett said.

Trett's been a coach for 33 years, 18 of which he spent at Washington.

He says times it's a different world now than when he was in high school himself.

Trett admits it would have been much more difficult for anyone to come out as gay back then.

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