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July 16, 2014

Ready To Lead

Former Lady Colonels standout hopes to lead Lady Jackets to success

WILLIAMSBURG — When the Williamsburg Lady Yellow Jackets take the floor to start the 2014-15 basketball season, they may be under new leadership, but it will be a familiar face in charge.

Former Whitley County Lady Colonels and University of the Cumberlands basketball standout Amanda (Brimm) Vermillion will try to guide the Lady Yellow Jackets to their first winning season since former head coach Jim Rains left the program following the 2009-10 season. That year Williamsburg finished with a 16-12 record before being knocked out in the first round of the 50th District Tournament.

Brimm was hired after Williamsburg’s most recent coach, Andrea Ellis, stepped down following a 6-21 season over the course of the 2013-14 campaign.

While she’s excited about the opportunity to be a head basketball coach in the 13th Region, Vermillion was quick to point out that the whole situation came about unexpectedly.

“It’s kind of a freak accident the way it all played out as far as timing,” Vermillion said. “I’ve wanted to be a head coach my entire life and it’s really a dream come true for me.

“I was fortunate to spend some time on coach (Larry) Anderson’s staff when I got out of college and then I went over to McCreary County and took over their middle school program for a while,” she added. “To be able to come back here where I’m at and to coach in a place that I grew up and teach kids as well, it’s really the perfect situation for me.”

There hasn’t been a whole lot of time for Vermillion to spend with her team other than the fast and furious summer hoops season, but she said she is encouraged about the make up of the team she will have at her disposal when the time comes to start practice and workouts.

“This summer we have really done some good things and made some progress with the program,” Vermillion said. “This group of girls remembers me from when I played and stuff, but they’re too young to remember a whole lot.

“I can tell you this much about this particular group of girls — they are tired of getting beat and tired of being the little guy in this district and region,” she added. “These girls want to win basketball games and they want to turn this program around just like I do and that’s what it takes to be successful.”

Vermillion is no stranger to success when it comes to basketball. She was one of the most dominant players in the 13th Region while at Whitley County, setting a school record for blocked shots in both her sophomore and junior seasons. Vermillion originally signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, but ultimately spent her college years at the University of the Cumberlands.

Brimm said she feels like her playing days will be a huge benefit while coaching the Lady Yellow Jackets.

“I think the style of basketball that I played will benefit our team a lot,” Vermillion said. “There are not a lot of post players when it comes to the girls game in the 13th Region, so I feel like if we can develop at that position, it will definitely give us a leg up on the competition.

“Hopefully we can get in here and get to work when the time comes and get better as a team,” she added. “I really love this group of girls and I look forward to leading them on and off the floor.”

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