Johnson High Principal Stan Lewis and athletic director Matt Stowers announced a pair of new coaching hirings on Monday.
It was announced Tiffany Kirkland has been selected as the school's new girls basketball coach and that Brittney Smith will be the new girls softball coach. Both hires are pending approval by the Hall County School Board of Education.
Kirkland will replace Coach Kory Bays, who stepped down following the 2013-14 season.
Kirkland has served as girls basketball coach, softball coach and girls track coach at Ola Middle School in Henry County since 2006.
She will take over a Lady Knights program that has not reached the playoffs since the 2006-07 season.
“Coach Kirkland will bring a unique perspective to our girls program in that she has worked at both the middle school and varsity levels of coaching," Stowers said in a press release.
"We feel this will assist us with developing continuity from our feeder schools to the varsity program. We have no doubt that she is a team player as she has agreed to assist with our softball program also. Her willingness to contribute to the overall athletic program at JHS was a major factor in our decision.”
In addition to her coaching duties at Ola, Kirkland serves as the school’s athletic director, department chair for physical education and department chair for connections. Prior to that, she spent one year as assistant varsity girls basketball coach at Union Grove High.
Smith, a 2010 graduate of Jefferson High School, is currently a senior at Emanuel College in Franklin Springs, but Stowers credited her playing experience as a major reason for the hire.
"Brittney Smith has vast playing experience at the college level, which we feel will be invaluable in teaching strong fundamentals to our softball players," Stowers said in a release. "She expresses genuine passion not only about coaching, but also teaching. We are confident that she will provide strong, positive leadership and guidance for our student-athletes."