LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Narrowed down from a wide-ranging search, Knoxville native and current Shelbyville Central High School assistant Amy Josephson emerged from a short list of finalists to be named the new head girls basketball coach at Moore County High School.
School officials made their decision Friday morning and publicly announced it Friday evening. Josephson will replace Bruce Slatten as the Raiderettes’ next head coach. It will be her first head coaching appointment.
The Moore County Board of Education denied Slatten’s tenure during its April 11 meeting, effectively ending his six-year run as Moore County’s head coach. Because tenure was not granted, Slatten’s current contract, which runs through the end of the school year, cannot be renewed.
Moore County principal Chuck Tracy and Director of Schools Chad Moorehead wasted little time with their coaching search. Josephson, who was a standout two-sport athlete at Knoxville’s Farragut High School, playing both basketball and softball, was hired from a group of 21 applicants.
“We narrowed it down and we invited eight candidates in for first-round interviews,” said Tracy. “We narrowed that down to four finalists for second interviews. I think all four were very, very strong, and I think each one could have brought something a little different to the table.”
“She has a significant amount of experience as an assistant coach and she’s coached at the collegiate level.”
Tracy added that Josephson’s “demeanor and her vision for the program” was one of the things that stood out during the interview process.
Josephson, who will teach P.E. and high school wellness, met with the team on Monday. Tracy said he expected the team to begin practicing later this month. Tracy also said that he thought it was important to get a coach in place as soon as possible.
“I think that’s important for the girls,” he said. “The girls, not knowing who the leader of the program would be … I think that it was important to get that in place as quickly as possible to get some stability.”
After graduating from Farragut High School, Josephson received a scholarship to play softball at Austin Peay State University, where she graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance. She later earned her Master’s Degree in Health.
She’s spent eight seasons as an assistant basketball coach and has been an assistant on the Golden Eaglettes’ staff the past three seasons. She served as head coach of Shelbyville’s junior varsity team.
Josephson started her coaching career at Rossview High School in Clarksville. She spent three seasons there. She also spent two seasons on the bench at Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., a NAIA DII school.
At Moore County, Josephson inherits a team that went 18-9 and lost in the opening round of the District 9-A tournament. The core of what will be the rising junior class, however, has played at the varsity level since their eighth-grade year and has collectively won 56 games, while losing 35 over the last three seasons.
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