Myles Thrash was introduced as Battle Ground Academy girls basketball coach Thursday morning.
Shortly after, Marcel Williams was announced as his replacement as the Brentwood girls basketball coach.
Williams had been an assistant for four seasons under Thrash at Brentwood and was at the school for five years overall.
Thrash went 98-28 and took the Lady Bruins to the state tournament in 2020. The program had been there just four times since 1984 previously.
“We are very grateful and proud of the outstanding job that Myles has done as head coach of the Lady Bruins," Brentwood athletics director Joe Blair stated in a release. "He poured a lot of knowledge and love into the program during his time here. While we are very sad to see him leave, we wish him and his family nothing but the best going forward."
Thrash has history at BGA, helping coach the varsity, junior varsity and middle school programs from 2012-15. He'll also work as Middle and Upper School Learning Specialist as part of his new role.
Thrash played collegiately at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and followed with a combined 10 years in the NBA Developmental League, now G-League, and other associations.
“I have enjoyed my time at Brentwood High School and the opportunity I was given there to lead a varsity program,” Thrash said in a release. “I am looking forward to bringing that experience back to BGA, where I had several great years of coaching development."
BGA has been to the state tournament twice in program history: 2017 and 1996.
“We are thrilled to welcome a coach with Myles’ experience and proven success,” BGA athletics director Fred Eaves said in a release. “He has the positive character, hard work ethic and leadership qualities that make him a great fit for BGA.”
Williams now has an opportunity to launch his head coaching career.
The former Austin Peay forward (2007-11) was an assistant coach in his hometown of Ocoee Florida for one season before moving to Nashville to work as Gra-Mar Middle School head coach for one season. That opened up the door for him at Brentwood.
“Marcel has done a fantastic job for us as an assistant and we feel he is very much ready for the opportunity to take over as head coach," Brentwood athletics director Joe Blair said. "We are excited about his vision for the team and approach to coaching high school girls basketball. He knows the girls in our program and is looking forward to leading them going forward.”
Pitzer earns 500th strikeout
Wilson Central junior Kyleigh Pitzer hit a major mark Wednesday, recording her 500th career strikeout in a softball win over Gallatin.
Pitzer, a junior who has committed to Louisiana, struck out 15 batters and was honored by teammates for No. 500 after the game.
Wade twins announce commit date
Summit High School football standouts Destin and Keaten Wade will have a lot of people’s attention next week. The twins plan to announce their college choice Friday, April 16 in the Summit gymnasium.
Signs point to them choosing the same school. They simultaneously announced their same top-four schools — Tennessee, Virginia, Louisville and Kentucky — last Friday.
Both are now four-star rated recruits in the class of 2022, according to the 247sports composite. Destin was upgraded with a fourth star this week; he and Keaten are the No. 4 and No. 14 recruits from their class in Tennessee, respectively.
Destin quarterbacked Summit to the Class 5A state championship last season. Keaten was limited to three games due to injury.
They visited Virginia together last weekend.
Claybrooks checks on McGavock
Former McGavock star Chris Claybrooks gave his old school a pep talk last week.
The defensive back/receiver who went on to play at Memphis and contributed to the Jacksonville Jaguars as a rookie last season attended McGavock’s spring football meeting.
Claybrooks spent a month on the Jaguars' injured reserve list, but still played in 13 games and started four.
The Middle Tennessee Football Officials Association gave Hillwood High School its 2020 Sportsmanship Award, an honor voted on by 180 officials and presented to the school that provides a hospitable atmosphere for football game officials and positive experiences before and after athletic events. ... Overton athletes Edward Ford (football), Robert Corbin II (football) and Eric Foley (track) signed with Bethel University last week.