Principal Tim Bible announced Tuesday night that Austin Towery, most recently an assistant coach with the Richard Hardy basketball program, will be the Lady Pirates’ coach. Bible acknowledged he was affected by Towery’s enthusiasm for provided a gateway for those that wanted to continue their basketball careers beyond high school in his choice of hiring Towery.
Towery has traveled in local circles as an assistant at both Marion County High School and Richard Hardy Memorial School. Thanks, in no small part to his proximity and experience in the the Pirates’ district, Towery had watched most of the players play over the past few years and said he was exited about the talent pool that was coming back this season. Towery acquiesced to the fact that the program had lost out on some summer practice time as they faced the dawn of the dead period (the two weeks in the summer where Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) forbids sport practices during the summer). Towery announced that the three days preceding the dead period weren’t going to be misspent. “We’re coming out starting tomorrow at 3:00 and knocking some of the rust off.” Towery also presented the lofty goal of creating an identity for South Pittsburg High School for girls’ basketball likening the affiliation of University of Tennessee Lady Vols and the University of Connecticut women’s Huskie teams being branded as powerhouse women’s basketball meccas.
Time will tell if Towery’s approached can translate to the high expectations he’s setting, but be sure and welcome him aboard and come out and support the Lady Pirates!