Coaching basketball through sign language

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MT. VERNON, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- As boys on the Mt. Vernon basketball team learn a thing or two about the sport they're planning, it's not just X's and O's, they're learning skills through sign language and an interpreter.

Jeff Dahle volunteers as a coach for the Mt. Vernon boys basketball team. He's deaf and uses sign language and interpreters to help coach. This is Dahle, with one of his interpreters by his side, from November 2017. (Josh Christensen, KCRG-TV9)

Jeff Dahle is a volunteer coach for the Mustangs now for his second year. He has been deaf since he was a toddler.

"I was a coach for a Christian school from 1985-87," said Dahle. "And it was with hearing students. But that school closed, and so, I continued working as a coach for a deaf team for women's basketball and women's softball."

Watch the story above to hear more from Dahle and how he relies on interpreters to help get the game plan across to players.