“It’s just something God put in our path, to be honest,” said Mains, who was announced as Knoxville Catholic’s new girls basketball head coach Tuesday. “We’ve been in prayer. This is not an opportunity that comes every day. It’s a good opportunity for the whole family. We are really blessed.”
Mains, who led Daniel Boone’s girls to the Class AAA state basketball tournament in 2018, will get back to doing what he enjoys. He will coach daughter, Sydney, who is a rising freshman. And his wife, Missy, landed a job as a teacher at Catholic.
Sydney was in the mix as a standout among Science Hill’s incoming freshman class, so the Lady Hilltoppers suffered a hit with the decision.
“Science Hill has a good coach and a really strong program, but this will give Sydney an opportunity to be successful and step in early and play,” said Mains. “It will be fun coaching her and working with her.”
The Lady Fighting Irish haven’t been very competitive through the years. Catholic won just six games over two years before starting 11-9 last season. An injury to standout freshman Jazmine Williams sent the season spiraling in the wrong direction.
“They have a good young returning cast,” said Mains. “Jazmine has played with Sydney the last four or five years in AAU ball, and she has a very high ceiling. Division I scouts are already taking a look at her.”
As for his coaching style at Catholic, Mains said it should be similar to what he had at Boone.
“We will try to play fast and speed people up,” he said. “We will try to be skilled and spread the floor, play hard, play fast, and have fun.”
Mains said another part of the challenge will be moving at a time when people are sheltering in place.
“We will have to sell our house and buy a house,” he said.
Also, Mains will have to learn the ropes about coaching in Division II, where scholarships are permitted.
“I have to be careful and learn all the rules,” he said.