Lyness Adds Hensley, Kearney, Wilson To Girls Basketball Staff

Friday, September 20, 2013 - by Larry Fleming

New Soddy-Daisy High School girls basketball coach Drew Lyness has filled out his staff of assistants.

Jared Hensley, the Trojans’ baseball coach, Hal Kearney and Shelby Wilson, will make up Lyness’ staff for the 2013-14 season.

“It has been a long search and we interviewed several people,” said Lyness, who succeeded David Casteel, who resigned in April after guiding the Lady Trojans’ program for three years and posting a 30-46 record. 

Lyness said Hensley’s experience as a head coach will be valuable to the team and the players “really like him.”

“I really wanted him on the staff,” Lyness said, “and I’m glad he’s on board. He’s a guy I can turn to in a variety of ways.”

Kearney will coach in a volunteer role and focus on a girl’s weight training class that has a “great speed and workout plan,” Lyness said.

Wilson has been an assistant coach at Soddy-Daisy Middle School and will retain that duty this season. When the middle school season ends in December, Wilson plans to join Lyness’ staff on a full-time basis.

“Until her season is over she will come to our practices when she can,” Lyness said. “She coached some of our girls at the middle school. She’s a Soddy-Daisy graduate and is about to graduate from UTC. She was a student teacher here in the spring.”

Lyness was hired in May as Casteel’s replacement. Lyness was Casteel’s assistant for two years.

In addition to his basketball duties, the 26-year-old Lyness he’s also the secondary coach for the Trojans’ football team.

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