Drew Lyness Named Girls Basketball Coach At Soddy Daisy

Promotion Comes After Two Years As Lady Trojan Assistant

Monday, May 6, 2013 - by John Hunt

Like so many members of his family, Drew Lyness just has sports in his blood.

He's been a teacher and assistant coach at Soddy Daisy High School for the past two years, but he was named head coach for the Lady Trojan basketball team on Monday.

David Casteel has been the coach for the girls with Lyness serving as an assistant for the past two years, but Casteel resigned after the last season ended as he and his wife are expecting their fourth child.

"I'm really excited to have this opportunity.

  I've really learned a lot from David in my time there and I look forward to good times in the future," said Lyness, who was 26 on April 29.  He's a graduate of Red Bank High School and UTC, where he majored in secondary education and had a double minor that included political science and geography.

"We didn't win a district game last year and finished 10-16 overall, so we're hoping to change that, but we only lost one senior and have an outstanding group coming back.  We've had a great off-season and we're going to keep working hard," the grandson of the legendary Skipper Fairbanks added.

Steve Henry is the Soddy Daisy athletic director who's known Lyness for many years.  He feels like the time is right for him to be given such an opportunity.

"Drew is as loyal as they come, but he has a super desire and commitment to our program and I'm glad that John (principal John Maynard) is giving him a shot," Henry said Monday evening.

"Drew has a lot of enthusiasm for the job and he's humble and eager.  He's really just a good guy who wants to do well.  I want to see him succeed, but during this interim period, he's been right there working with these girls," Henry added.

Lyness currently teaches European History and might add World Geography to his class load.

In addition to serving as an assistant coach in basketball the last two years, he's also an assistant in football where he works with the defensive backs.

Lyness currently doesn't have an assistant coach, but "we're working on that and hope to have someone in place real soon," he added.

The Lady Trojans compete in District 5-AAA, which includes teams from Bradley, Cleveland, Walker Valley, Rhea County, McMinn County and Ooltewah.

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)


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