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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Kasey Woodlee coaches the Sequatchie County girls' basketball team during a game against Brainerd on Jan. 2 during the 2020 Times Free Press Best of Preps tournament at Chattanooga State.

Red Bank High School has named Kevin Wilson as its new girls' basketball coach. Wilson had been a boys' assistant at the school for the past two seasons, and he has eight years coaching experience, including three each at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy and Soddy-Daisy.

Wilson, who will also take over the Lady Lions' volleyball program, is a 2002 Hixson High School graduate and 2006 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate. During his time on the Hamilton Heights staff, the Hawks won a National Association of Christian Athletes national championship in 2012.

"In addition to Coach Wilson's technical knowledge of the sport, he offers continued stability to our girls' basketball program," Red Bank interim principal Wendell Weathers said in a news release. "He is a solid and proven educator who gets incredible effort and results from his students in the classroom. He is all about school, and he loves his job."

Wilson takes over for Bailey McGinnis, who stepped down last week after five straight winning seasons that included last year's 28-win campaign which culminated in her earning Times Free Press Best of Preps coach of the year honors. The Lady Lions won the District 6-AA championship and made the program's first state sectional appearance in more than 25 years.

 

Woodlee resigns at Sequatchie

Kasey Woodlee has stepped down after three seasons as head coach of Sequatchie County's girls' basketball program.

"My son will be going into middle school, and on many of our long car rides to and from school, either before a practice or after a game, he would tell me how he would like to get home and just get to be a kid," said Woodlee, who also won more than 160 games during a 10-year career at Grundy County, her alma mater and the program she helped win the 1998 Class AA state championship. "That was all I needed to hear to know it was time to adjust my priorities. I can always fast-forward to coach, but I can't rewind the years of his childhood.

"Sequatchie County was a great experience. I feel the program is in great shape for the future."

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293. Follow him on Twitter @StephenHargis.

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