Caleb Hindman, the former Lee University women’s assistant basketball coach, has accepted the job as the new girls’ coach at Polk County High School.
Hindman worked for seven years under the supervision of Lee women’s head coach Marty Rowe. The graduate of Chattanooga Christian High School and Lee served as a student assistant for three years, a graduate assistant for two and was an assistant on Rowe’s staff for the past two seasons.
“We will probably take our lumps the first couple of years,” said Hindman, whose mother Pam served as the head coach at Chattanooga Christian for 12 year and is a former Polk County basketball standout. “We held our first practice on Tuesday and had only 11 players and seven were freshman, but we have something to build on.”
Working with one assistant and the middle school coach, the Wildkittens will be pitted against powerful teams like McMinn Central, Loudon and Sweetwater in district play. “It is one of the toughest AA districts,” Hindman noted.
Hindman said he would draw from the years he worked with coach Rowe. “He runs and builds his program the right way, and he is also successful the right way. Coach Rowe was a great mentor.”
The new Polk coach told his young players to only worry about getting better in each day of practice. “If they will do that we will be OK,” he added.
“We’re really excited for Caleb getting the opportunity to advance in the coaching profession and we’re also excited for Polk County high school for landing an quality young coach,” said coach Rowe.
“Caleb comes from a basketball family and has such a great set of eyes for the game. He has worked hard for this day and I’m very proud of him. We wish him, Allie (wife), and Collins (daughter) the very best as they build their program.”