Looking to fill out his staff, Jeffrey Wilkins knew where to turn.
Madisonville Middle School’s new head girls basketball coach named Mallorie Harrell, a MMS and Sequoyah High School alumna, as his assistant coach with the Lady Eagles.
“She brings a lot of energy,” Wilkins told The Advocate & Democrat. “Great addition to the Lady Eagles program. She played at MMS. Been a part of the program as a player. Very familiar with what the tradition is at Madisonville Middle.”
Harrell was a standout hoops player for Sequoyah, earning a spot on multiple All-County teams and winning several games for the Lady Chiefs on last-second shots or free throws.
She signed with Tennessee Wesleyan out of high school and redshirted last season. Wilkins said Harrell isn’t able to play for the Lady Bulldogs anymore because of injuries, but wanted to stay involved with basketball.
Now, the former county star will mentor those whose shoes she was in years ago.
“Without hesitation, I knew she would be a great fit,” Wilkins said. “Very excited to have her on board.”