One year after bringing in new coaches for the boys and girls
basketball program, Greenback is making changes again.
Tyler Gaskin, who coached the boys
last season, and Courtney McDaniel, who coached the girls, have both parted ways.
coaching position has already been filled with former coach Angie Lucier. She was named the
Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association girls' coach of the year for athletic district two
for the 2006-2007 season after putting together a 22-9 record and making an appearance in the TSSAA
Lucier stepped down in summer 2008 to spend more time with her then 1-year-old
"I'm taking a break for a while," Lucier said at the time. "We'll just have to see how
it goes. I may go crazy, I don't know. I love (coaching) and I would love to keep doing it. I want
it to be somebody who is fully committed to the team. It's only fair to the girls."
County Director of Schools Jason Vance said while he would have liked to keep some consistency in
the program, he thinks the move will be a positive one.
"I believe with Angie's background
and experience she'll be able to jump right in and fill a void there and help the girls say on the
right track," Vance said.
Lucier, who also resigned her teaching position at the school, will
only take on the coaching role for the 2013-2014 school year.
"She will not come back to
teach yet," Vance said. "She wants to transition back in a little more slowly, but she will come
back and coach for us."
The Lady Cherokees finished with a 10-15 record last season and lost
to Harriman in the first round of the district tournament.
On the boys side, the school will
look to a new teacher to fill the void left by Gaskin, who departed for McMinn County High
"In addition to his (math teaching) position, we've got a couple positions that are
available," Vance said. "The principal (Mike Casteel) will look for teachers to come in and fill the
positions we've got available. Through the positions we've got available that he interviews for,
he'll try to make the best decision on if there's a person that can also be a good coach that he can
"Ultimately, we want to hire quality teachers first," Vance said. "If we feel one of
those teachers can make a good coach for us, we'd like to see them jump into that position as
Gaskin's team finished with a 4-18 record last season. He was also an assistant
football coach for the Cherokees.
"I feel pretty confident we can get us a good coach with
the opportunities we have for teaching positions," Vance said. "Mr. Casteel, he's a pretty solid
administrator. I think he'll make a good hire on that one."
Casteel could not be reached for
comment before the News-Herald presstime.