Nollner calls it a career after nearly half a century as high school hoops coach

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:33pm

Jim Nollner, who has been a basketball coach in Metro Nashville for 47 years, most recently at Antioch High, has announced his retirement.

Nollner, 69, who also coached track and field, started his head coaching career in basketball at Whites Creek High, where he had served as an assistant under legendary coach Cornelius Ridley.

He was head coach at Whites Creek for 16 years, from 1991-2007, then the last five at Antioch. His teams compiled a 462-200 record, which included five state tournament appearances (four at Whites Creek, one at Antioch).

His final two state basketball tournament appearances at Whites Creek came when his Jamie Graham-led squad reached the AAA event in 2006 and 2007 at MTSU.

He also guided Whites Creek to three Class AAA track and field titles in 1981, 1983 and 1985.

He joins his friend Glenn Falls, who announced his retirement from Glencliff High the same day, in leaving as the two longest tenured coaches in Metro Nashville.