|Published: 3:50 PM, 08/27/2013
||Last updated: 3:54 PM, 08/27/2013
Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
COSBY—A familiar face will be back on the sidelines at Cosby
High School basketball games this upcoming season.
Following a two-year absence from the
bench, Brad Flatford will return to coaching the Eagles this season for the third time. Flatford
relinquished the position he had held for nine seasons in June of 2011 after being named Cosby High
He will still remain principal of the school.
resignation of John Marsh, who coached Cosby the past two seasons, Flatford stepped back into the
role of coaching the team this past summer.
"With the vacancy and being a coach in the
past, I felt like I could step in and give them some help," Flatford said on Thursday afternoon.
"I'm looking forward to getting back into it, I really am," Flatford said. "I'm
excited about the team, they're a good group of kids and very coachable"
a career 288-162 record in his high school career, which spans two stints at Cosby, Greenback High
School and one season at Carter High School in 2005-06.
At Cosby, Flatford has recorded 195
of his career victories, including leading the team to the 2003 TSSAA State Tournament and a 2004
sectional appearance. The Eagles also obtained six District 3-A or District 2-A titles and the 2003
Region 2-A championship.
While the ability to juggle the heavy responsibilities of both a
school principal and one of the school's flagship athletic programs can be demanding, Flatford
also said having a great support system will also help out in juggling the roles.
assistant principal Chiquita Crowe, athletic director Tracy Beets and assistant coach Cody Lowe for
"It's good to have people around that can help out,"ť Flatford said. "It's good to have people to rely on who know what need to be done.
been working the team through conditioning,"ť Flatford said. "I've great faith in Cody,
we're lucky to have him."
Also, Flatford said the team's success over the summer has
made him excited about tackling the challenge.
"We did some good things this summer,"ť
Flatford said. "It makes me even more excited that we had some success this
While holding 13 practices and playing in a handful of team camps, the Eagles went
9-3 over the month of June - losing only to Morristown West, Morristown East and Grainger High
"I'm pleased with the way we played this summer," said Flatford, who also noted
that most of the returning team would be full of inexperience. The Eagles lost six seniors to
graduation in May, but also return six other seniors.
A core nucleus of juniors Jordan Self,
Cody Valentine, Keenan Phillips and Kyal Clevenger - who transferred from Cocke County High School -
along with sophomore Bryson Valentine, will also be heavily counted on.
"It's going to
take a little bit of time and patience early on to generate chemistry, but eventually we'll be
alright,"ť Flatford said.
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