Gordon new head coach for Lady Pioneers

Douglas Fritz • Updated May 4, 2018 at 3:45 PM

David Crockett joined its Washington County neighbor in announcing a new girls basketball coach Friday with Tony Gordon taking over the Lady Pioneers’ program.

“I am honored and excited to be named the head coach at David Crockett,” said Gordon. “While it is expected to be an adjustment, I am ready to take on the challenge of the change from coaching boys to coaching girls. I think kids are kids for the most part. If you have clear expectations and establish a work ethic, they will respond the way you want them to respond, whether they are guys or girls.”

Also on Friday, Daniel Boone selected Beau Hauldren to take over its girls basketball program.

Gordon said all the pieces seem to fit into place for him to take over at Crockett.

“It came open and it felt right,” said Gordon. “It was a challenge I didn’t know at one time I was going to be ready to take on again. But the biggest thing was the last five years working for Coach (John) Good. He has been a colleague, a mentor, and most importantly a friend. He allowed me to grow as a coach. He exposed me to new and better ideas and ways of doing things.”

Gordon said he thinks he can make a difference with the Lady Pioneers.

“I expect to instill in them the passion I have for basketball, and the willingness to put in the time required to improve,” said Gordon. “What we’re looking for is daily improvement. I think competing is something that is taught and learned rather than instinctive. We will teach these ladies to compete at the highest level they can compete.”

Gordon had a successful run as head coach of the boys’ program at University High for eight seasons. He led the Buccaneers to two region titles, three sectional appearances, and also to the Class A state semifinals in 2003.

Gordon later went on to head coaching stints at Morristown West and Elizabethton. He moved over to David Crockett as an assistant under John Good, helping the Pioneers reach the Class AAA state tournament for the first time in school history in 2016.

Gordon’s overall varsity coaching record is 212-156.

Gordon said some of his proudest moments were watching his daughter, Kasey, play at the collegiate level at Milligan.

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