, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

July 16, 2013

Search for next Lady Redhounds' coach heating up


By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

CORBIN — Although their season won’t start until late November, the search for the next head coach of the Corbin Lady Redhounds is about to heat up.

The search comes after Jennifer Parsons resigned in June after 12 years at the helm of the Lady Redhounds. Parsons gave up coaching to accept the position of principal at Corbin Middle School, a place she’s called home as a teacher for 12 years.

Corbin High School Athletics Director Thom Smith said he’s pleased with the interest shown in the position, but admitted he wasn’t surprised considering the recent success of the team.

“We expected this to be a rather sought after position because of the past season that the team experienced,” Smith said. “They’re coming off a 13th Region Championship and a state tournament appearance, so coach Parsons left the program in very good shape.

“A lot of the talent from last year’s squad is coming back this season, so it’s a good opportunity for a coach to step in to a position to win right away,” he added.

Smith said there’s been between 12 and 16 applicants submitted for the position, but there hasn’t been much he could do over the past few weeks, due to the annual ‘dead period’ imposed on high school athletics by the KHSAA. With that period ending on July 10, the process is now in motion and he said he expects things to move rather quickly.

“We felt like we’ve had pretty good response and interest in the position,” Smith said. “We are going to start interviewing early this week and to be honest, we hope to have a decision here shortly.”

In addition to himself, Smith said there would be a selection committee consisting of five or six people, including the Corbin High School principal, a member of the school’s site-based decision making committee and a parent. As far as expectations and what Smith and the interview committee will be looking for in the new coach, he said there are the obvious things like coaching history and basketball knowledge, but added that character would play a part in the decision as well.

“We’re looking for someone in the same grain as coach Parsons and of course, the same kind of high character that she carried herself with,” Smith said. “It’s going to be hard to find someone that will match the caliber of coach that we had in coach Parsons.

“In the beginning with Jennifer (Parsons) we didn’t really know just what we had, but it started with good character,” he added. “We have some candidates with a good background already and we have some candidates without a background, so we have to just go through the process and see how things pan out from there.”

As for the summer program and current conditioning, Smith said a interim was in place over the summer so the Lady Redhounds didn’t lose any time on the floor due to the vacant spot. He said even though the team doesn’t officially start practice for a while he would like to make the process as quick and seemless as possible for the benefit of the team.

“We want to get it done quick because that’s probably what is best,” Smith said. “Hopefully we can get our heads together and make the best decision for the program and see what happens from there.”


Text Only
Local Sports
  • LIKE IT OR NOT: A few tips for fantasy draft day

    As high school, college and pro football season approaches, so too does Fantasy Football draft day.

    August 1, 2014

  • Solid Finish

    The Tri-County Sports Authority’s Dirty Dawgs, a 16-under travel baseball team, placed second in the high school division of the Stars and Stripes July Bash, which was held in Knoxville, Tennessee last weekend.

    August 1, 2014

  • Encore Effort

    When it comes to having success, no team in the Tri-County has had more during the past 10 years than the South Laurel Lady Cardinals soccer program.

    August 1, 2014

  • 0731 WHIT BOYS 2 for web.jpg Second Time Around

    When all is said and done after the 2014 high school soccer season, a lot of teams will measure their success by wins and losses.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • THE WAY IT IS: The times, they are a changing

    The times, they are a changing — especially in the Tri-County high school sports scene.

    July 31, 2014

  • 0730 TCSA FBALL for web.jpg Numbers Game

    The Tri-County Sports Authority youth football league, which usually fields in the neighborhood of 200 players, is about to get a little more crowded this season.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • THE WAY IT IS: Football is in the air in the Tri-County

    These cool summer days are reminding me of the cool football Friday nights of September and October, and with that said, these cooler temperatures have me in the mood of writing about things to come for our local football teams in the Tri-County.

    July 30, 2014

  • 0729 KNOX FBALL FOR WEB.tif Must-See Football

    It’s never too early to talk about what games will be the big ones for the Tri-County high school football fans to watch this upcoming season. I’ve tried to narrow my list down to 10 games, but honestly, it really wasn’t easy to do — but I did manage to do it.
    Let’s just say things should be very entertaining, and interesting, for you the fan this season.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0326 whs tennis.jpg Smashing Win

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0

    March 28, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
SEC Times-Tribune