Russell Malone, who spent last season as assistant coach of the girls basketball team, will take the head coaching position in place of Amy Breckel, who resigned. Malone was assistant coach of Trigg’s boys basketball team during the 2011-12 season.
Malone spent six years as an assistant coach at Franklin-Simpson and five as an assistant at Hopkinsville. He was head coach at Warren East for four years and at Clarksville (Tenn.) Northwest for three.
Julian Williams also receives a promotion to head coach of Trigg’s volleyball team after serving as assistant coach for two years. Williams, who is a paraprofessional not otherwise employed by the school system, “has a good knowledge of the game,” TCHS principal Shannon Burcham said. “We looked at applicants from within the system but felt like she was the best fit.”
Williams replaces Scott Hill, who led the Lady Wildcats to a 5th District Championship last season and is currently deployed overseas with the military.
Josh Abner will take over as head coach of the boys and girls cross country teams. Abner, a Kentucky native who was a successful cross country coach at Honokaa High School in Hawaii, most recently coached track at Hopkinsville and was hired as a teacher at Trigg late in the spring semester.
Abner replaces Mike Wright, who retired at the end of the 2012-13 school year after a long coaching and teaching career.
Burcham said four other positions – assistant athletic director and assistant coaches for volleyball, boys and girls soccer – will likely be filled at the next site-based council meeting Monday. The vacant softball head coach position will likely be filled by the end of the month, Burcham said.