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Vikings turn back the clock to 'brighter' days

Douglas Fritz • Jun 12, 2018 at 9:50 PM

Tennessee High has gone back to the future.

And the Lady Vikings are hoping it will be a Bright future.

After 10 years out of the business, former girls head basketball coach Kim Bright is back in the leadership role of the Lady Vikings’ program, the school announced Tuesday.

“Getting out of coaching was difficult years ago, but one I will never regret in seeing our son Mchale play throughout his younger days,” said Bright. “With the blessing of my husband and son and God’s timing, I have been given the opportunity to coach again. Molding the lives of young ladies, along with being able to see my son compete in his games, will be priceless.”

Bright said things are already falling into place.

“It felt like home today,” said Bright. “We hit the ground running. I have really never been away from coaching as we have been very involved with our son’s basketball and his teams.”

Bright’s son is David Crockett standout McHale Bright.

Bright said the foundation of her program starts with things other than bouncing a basketball.

“My philosophy has always been and will always be that culture and character are the foundations of any successful program,” said Bright. “Game philosophy will be the same in that defense and rebounding win championships and that is what we will strive to do.”

Bright is no stranger to success or competitive spirit. She was a standout player at Sullivan East and the Lady Vikings were among Northeast Tennessee’s top teams on an annual basis in her first go round. She was an assistant coach for five years and head coach for eight seasons.

“I coached a lot of great players, which always helps,” said Bright. “To say that I am competitive is true, and it doesn’t matter if we are playing pickup sticks or 5-on-5, I want to be successful. Because that is what life is all about. It’s not how hard you get hit, but how many times you get back up and go again. This is what we hope to instill in these young ladies.”

Tennessee High was 17-12 last season, losing in the opening round of the district tournament to Cherokee.

Bright said she has positive thoughts about the 2018-19 season.

“My hopes for this season are to give these young ladies a positive high school experience,” said Bright. “When they graduate we want them to be proud to have been a Lady Viking the rest of their lives.

“It is going to be great coaching with this basketball staff, as we are like family, and getting the opportunity to coach with two former players will be priceless — Courtney Watkins Stone and Elizabeth Vance Arnold.”

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