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Lady Jacket basketball and softball coaches resign

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 9:04 am

Athletic Committee interviews potential basketball coaches
Jody Hargis
The Grundy County High School girls’ basketball and softball programs are in the market for new head coaches for the 2019 – 2020 school year. According to Glenda Dykes, Director of Schools, both Amanda Ruehling (Lady Jacket basketball) and Jason Evans (Lady Jacket softball) have resigned their positions as head coaches. Dykes also indicated that Evans has resigned from his teaching position as well.
The athletic committee, made up of school administrators and board members, held interviews last Tuesday night, at Grundy County High School, for the Lady Jacket basketball head coach position. The committee consisted of board members Eric Birdwell, Lebron Coffelt, Phyllis Lusk, and Mike Yates. Dykes, along with supervisors Dr. David Dickerson and Kathy Moon were on the panel. Athletic Director Leon Woodlee rounded out the group of interviewers.
The candidates were former Yellow Jacket Louie Ladd, along with Jonathan Murray, Carlos Smith, Alan Brown, and Kyle Shipley.
Each candidate was interviewed for approximately 30 minutes, with each committee member given the opportunity to ask questions for each candidate.
Candidates, according to their interviews, related their experience in coaching as well as their vision for the program. They all seem to have experience in the coaching profession and seemed to satisfactorily answer the questions the committee had for them.
Smith probably was the most experienced with coaching stints in Mississippi, Texas, and Tennessee. His Tennessee experience was as boys’ head coach at Franklin County and Cannon County.
Ladd has experience at the high school level in golf and softball.
Murray has been an assistant at Shelbyville Central High School with the Eaglette basketball program the last two years.
Brown comes from Ezell – Harding, a private school in Antioch.
And, Shipley is currently working at Fisk University in Nashville.
Dykes asked the committee to give her their feedback by this past Friday. As of press time, no decision has been made on the hiring of the head coach.
Also, no information was obtained on the status of the softball program. Hopefully, a report on the status of the softball program can be updated in the near future.