White County’s hiring spree is nearly complete.
At Thursday’s school board meeting, Buster Brown was approved as Lady Warriors basketball coach and Sam Borg was approved as Warriors basketball coach.
Brown, who coached last season at Truett-McConnell after a long tenure at Lakeview Academy (2000-2010), has more than 35 years of head coaching experience.
Borg, 28, served the past six seasons as an assistant on West Hall’s basketball team and, with the Warriors, gets his first crack at being a head basketball coach at the varsity level. Borg will also be the head coach of the cross country team, a position he served at West Hall for the past six years.
White County principal John Osborne said a committee reviewed about 30 applications and interviewed six candidates for each position before bringing a recommendation to the school board.
Brown said he left Truett-McConnell because high school basketball is more in his comfort zone.
“It’s just a better fit for me,” Brown said. “I’ve been living in this area for four years now, and I’ve kept up with White County athletics. The culture of winning here has been impressive, with football, softball and baseball, and I wanted to be a part of this.”
Borg looks forward to taking over the boys’ program.
“It’s really hard for me to leave West Hall,” Borg said. “But I’m really excited to take on this role at White County. Head coaching has been a goal of mine for a lot of years, and I can’t wait to get to work.”
It’s been a busy offseason for Osborne, who in the past month has also hired a football and softball coach. He is still searching for a boys soccer coach and an offensive line coach for the football team.
“I see (hiring a lot of new coaches in one year) as a great opportunity,” said Osborne, in his first year at White County. “It’s an awesome opportunity to bring on folks that meet the school’s vision.”
REGION 8-AAA BASEBALL COMES DOWN TO FINAL DAY: White County, at 20-3 in region play, is in the driver’s seat to win the region title and will clinch with a win today at home against Franklin County.
However, if they lose, it gets tricky.
If Gainesville and North Hall win, the Warriors will be a three-way tie at 20-4. White County still wins because it owns the three-way tiebreaker, which is head-to-head record amongst those tied. The Warriors are 3-1.
If White County and Gainesville lose and North Hall wins, the Trojans and Warriors are tied and North Hall wins because it owns the second two-way tiebreaker, which is run differential in head-to-head meetings. The first tiebreaker for two teams is head-to-head record, but the teams split.
With White County’s win Thursday, Gainesville was eliminated from winning the region.
TWO DAWSON COUNTY FOOTBALL PLAYERS SIGN SCHOLARSHIPS: Receiver Levi Wilson and defensive back Ethan Brown are taking their games to the next level. Both are seniors and signed with NAIA schools — Wilson is headed to Union College (Barbourville, Ky.) and Brown is headed to University of Cumberlands (Williamsburg, Ky.).
Brown was a 2010 Times All-Area First Team Defense selection.
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