Spann accepts coaching job at Goodpasture

Monday, June 9, 2008 at 1:26am

Long-time Ezell-Harding coach Joey Spann has resigned to take over as girls basketball coach at Goodpasture Christian School.

It was a bit of a surprise move for Spann, who had been head girls coach at Ezell for 14 seasons and was with the Eagles for about 25 years.

He replaces Chass Parrish, who departed after one season with the Cougars.

“I have so many friends at both places,’’ said Spann, 56. “I’ve spoken to many of the church groups at Goodpasture. I thought it was the right place for me at this time.

“When they called and talked to me about it, I thought it was something worth listening to,’’ he said. “Then (the talks) went by pretty fast.’’

Spann guided Ezell to the 2002 Class A girls state championship and a 2003 state runner-up finish. He led the team to the state semis in ’06. His Eagles averaged 27 wins per year and won a remarkable 58 straight regular season district games earlier this decade.

“It was tough leaving Ezell,’’ he said. “I cried when I pulled out of their driveway for the last time.’’

MCGILL NAMED: Hillsboro High assistant LeBrian McGill has been named the new girls basketball coach at Hunters Lane High, replacing JoAnne Tribue, who left recently to take the job at the new Caine Ridge High.

McGill, 33, was a former Hillsboro High football and basketball player before going on to play at MTSU. He was an assistant coach at both Maplewood and Hillsboro under his father LeMore McGill.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity at Hunters Lane,’’ said McGill. Asked about possibly competing against his father, he laughed and said, “it will be a lot like practice when we were together. He has shared so much knowledge with me.’’

RYAN NAMES LARKIN: Father Ryan has announced that Jason Larkin has been named the new girls basketball coach. Larkin has been the assistant coach to Paula Jackson, who stepped down recently, and head freshman coach for six years.

“Ryan has been committed to excellence in every aspect of its program. I’m proud to be part of this institution and look forward to continuing the successes on the court for years to come,’’ Larkin said.

GLENCLIFF TAKES CODY: Columbus Cody has been named girls head basketball coach at Glencliff High, replacing Glenn Falls, who resigned the position recently. Cody had been Falls’ assistant and freshman coach for the past six years. Falls resigned after 25 seasons and took his 1990 team to the AAA state final and his ’96 team to the quarterfinals.

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