By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Former Lynn Camp Wildcat basketball coach and current Lynn Camp assistant principal, Anthony Pennington, has taken the bull by the horns, so to speak, and is ready to find a new replacement for former coach Clyde Dixon, who retired a couple of weeks ago.
While coach at Lynn Camp, Pennington installed a run-and-gun offense that caught the eye of many 13th Region fans, as he guided the Wildcats to two 13th Region Tournament appearances, including a spot in the semi-finals in 2008.
“I’m really excited to get things going,” he said. “We’re going to do this search the correct way and the right way. It might be someone walking the halls at Lynn Camp or it could be someone out of state.
“We really feel good about our recent hires with the football and baseball programs and now we want to do the same with the basketball position,” Pennington added. “The biggest thing we want to do is build an All ‘A’ powerhouse. I really believe we have a lot to offer. We’re really unique in a way that, we are a P-12 school and whoever gets the job has the full reign of the basketball program.”
Pennington added the new coach will have full support from himself and the entire administration at Lynn Camp.
“It’s vital to have administrative support,” he said. “And whoever gets this job, we will let them know very quickly they will have all of the support needed., from us, and the Knox County Public School System.
“We want the new coach to take the reigns and have summer ball camps, do AAU basketball and things in that nature,” he said. “We want to them to honor past alumni and recognize our younger players during halftime at games. We want the community to know everything about our basketball program from the young kids, to the kids playing at the middle school level along with our high school kids.
“Of course with our student-athletes, academics come first before anything, but we believe that success on the court will build even more tradition for Lynn Camp High School,” Pennington added. “These are exciting times right now, and I believe we can do a lot of big things here.”
So what type of coach is Pennington looking for?
“We want someone to come in that is excited to build the program and turn it into an All ‘A’ contender,” he admitted. “They will have full support from us. Like I said, there is a lot of potential here and we have top-notch facilities and the things we’re looking for is someone with an exciting style of play and someone who wants to build our feeder programs.”
Pennington said the next few weeks will be an exciting time for the Lynn Camp boys basketball program.
“I’m anxious to see who will be interested and who will apply,” he admitted. “Like I said before, we’re going to do this the right way and find the best person for the position. We’re going to have a committee formed and have one person from site-based, someone like girls coach Richard Jones, the athletic director and someone from our alumni as well.
“I’m ready to get this new era of Lynn Camp basketball started,” Pennington added. “I believe we’ve shown in our recent hires we’ll do whatever it takes to get all of our programs successful. What we want to do is make the next big hire.”