The Hornets have a new head basketball coach and he is a familiar face.
Math teacher Patrick Weathers was hired by the Nashville Community High School Board last Tuesday night.
“I’m very excited,” Weathers said. “I’ve got some pretty big shoes to fill but we have created a winning culture that we are wanting to uphold. It’s going to take a team effort.”
Weathers has experience both as a Hornet player and coach. He was a part of the 2007 Hornet team, a squad that shares the record as the second winningest squad in school history (the other tied team is 1949). Coached by Darin Lee, the longest serving boys basketball coach, the team went 33 and 1, was ranked number one in the the Class A by the Associated Press and was undefeated throughout the season. The Hornets would also appear in the Elite Eight in the state tournament.
Prior to this year, Weathers had been the sophomore team coach and was an assistant to his father, Hornets Head Coach Brad Weathers, as well as his predecessor, retiring Coach Wayne Harre.
Weathers said Nashville is fortunate to have a strong program and a community that gets behind its teams.
“The kids buy into the tradition and experience,” he said. “We are very fortunate that it all kind of goes into one. We have some kids who are coming back who are eager to play.”
Weathers said the Hornets have benefitted from an experienced coaching staff “who are head coaches in their own right.” Assistant coaches Kelly Cruser, Tommy Pelczynski and Jason Guest have been with the program for more than 10 years.
Weathers said he is looking forward to hitting the hardwood this summer to prepare for the upcoming season.
“Hopefully we can get back to some sense of normalcy this year,” Weathers said. “I’m just thankful for the opportunity.”