Douglas settling into new job, community

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Getting to know one another is the biggest challenge new Central High School boys basketball coach J.D. Douglas sees for himself and his team in the first weeks of summer practice.

Douglas began work last week with the Red Raiders during the 15 days of summer practice allowed by the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association. The announcement of his hiring came the same day he began work with the team. According to incoming CHS principal Joey Vaughn, who worked with athletic director Richard Skipper in bringing Douglas on board, having a head coach in place was a priority in hiring a replacement for former head coach Scott Givens.

Douglas and the Raiders are spending three days this week in baskeball camp at Tennessee Tech. (Staff photo by Milton Stanley)

“We felt it was very important to get someone in place who would serve as a leader in this program,” Vaughn said. “I was immediately impressed by his organization and his energy. I believe he is committed to building a program and work with the athletes at an early age to develop into high school players.”

Douglas, who comes to Coffee County from West Greene High School in Mosheim, Tenn., said he was excited about the prospect of working at CHS.

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