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Hoops: Nolensville hires Stigall to take over boys program

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John Stigall was hired as the new Nolensville boys' basketball coach. 

Nolensville High School announced on Monday the hiring of John Stigall to take over the boys’ basketball program.

Stigall leaves the Clarksville area after more than a decade of coaching at Kenwood and at Clarksville Northeast, where he was at the helm for the last three seasons. He’s amassed more than 280 wins in 16 years of coaching and has produced eight 20-win seasons. 

“I’m super excited to be at Nolensville,” the 39-year-old said. “It’s hard leaving because we have built a great culture at Northeast, but the potential for a new and successful program like Nolensville really has no ceiling.”

Nolensville's Wes Lambert, who was head coach for the first three seasons at the young school, announced he was moving his growing family back to Maryville in early May opening up the position. 

Stigall said it’s rare to take over a school which is still developing and growing, yet has enjoyed the success Nolensville has accomplished. The Knights won the Region 6-AA championship in March and just missed a state tournament berth by falling to East Nashville in the sectional round. The Knights fell a game shy of state in 2017 as well in just the school’s second season.

“It’s just so exciting to be a part of and really, there’s no excuses not to do well here,” he said. “I’m 39 and I’ve been coaching for 16 years, but I feel like I’m still young enough and I have the energy to go out and continue building this program.”

Nolensville assistant principal Bryant Gunter said Stigall has proven to develop strong relationships in the school and community, a key trait the Williamson County school was looking for.

“His philosophy is based on transformational coaching that starts with building meaningful relationships with players, students, faculty and community members,” Gunter said. “As much success as coach Stigall has had on the court, we are just as excited about the relational culture he brings to our school and community.”

At Northeast, Stigall led the Eagles to a 74-28 record in three seasons. Northeast fell in the Region 5-AAA semifinals last season, but reached the Class AAA state semifinals in 2017. They fell to Brentwood in the sectional round in Stigall’s first season in 2016.

“The existing culture of excellence at the school as well as a growing community who is committed to success were major factors in my decision to become the next head basketball coach at Nolensville,” Stigall said. “I think this is one of the best jobs in the state.”

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