Anita Gannon

Anita Gannon pictured with MaKenna Rowe, one of her players on the East Coffee Elementary School girls’ basketball team.

The sport of basketball has been a part of Anita Gannon’s life since she was a child. Now, she will have the chance to share her love of the game with Central High School girls’ basketball. Gannon was announced as a new assistant coach for the Lady Raiders on Tuesday, April 9.

“I’m really excited. I love the game of basketball and I love making players better,” Gannon said. “That’s our goal.”

Gannon’s background includes playing at Shelbyville Central High School and four years at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. During her time at UTC, the team made two trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Gannon has been involved in coaching for over 20 years with experiences ranging from AAU to fifth and sixth grade teams in Shelbyville. She was most recently the head coach of the East Coffee Elementary School girls’ and boys’ teams.

Gannon has also worked at various basketball camps, including former Lady Vols Coach Pat Summit’s camps in Knoxville.

"Coach Gannon brings a wealth of experience and energy to an already successful program," CHS Athletic Director Rebecca Koger said in a statement.

Gannon is looking forward to joining Coach Joe Pat Cope’s staff and bringing her years of experience to a winning team culture.

“I want them to know and learn the game and how crucial it is to be a team and how crucial it is that everybody has a role,” Gannon explained. “We’ve got a lot of good girls returning and a lot of hard-working girls I’ve noticed. I’ve been to a couple of the workouts and they’re really working hard to make themselves better.”

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