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Head tapped to lead Lady Panther hoops

Crystin Urban Sports reporter

June 5, 2014

Russellville High School has appointed Calvin Head as the new head coach for the women’s basketball team. Coach Head replaces Coach Justin McClellan who coached the Lady Panthers last season.


Head is a 2006 graduate of Todd County Central High School, and a 2011 graduate of Murray State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies. He then went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Special Education at the University of the Cumberlands.


“We’ve hired the best basketball coach we could,” said Nathan Thompson, Russellville High School Athletic Director. “He has experience at the high school level. He understands both men’s and women’s sports. He has a great ability to communicate, and he’s a perfect fit for what we’re trying to accomplish here at Russellville High School.”


Head brings strong experience with both men’s and women’s teams at the high school level. Coach Head was formerly the head boys’ basketball coach at Todd County Central High School, where he also served as the head softball coach. He spent four years as the boys’ basketball coach and five years as the softball coach while at Todd County Central High School.


“We are very excited to have been able to hire a coach with the knowledge, experience, passion, and ability to teach the game of basketball to our female student-athletes, and I know he is anxious and excited to get started,” said Thompson. “I think that he will do a good job about turning it around and taking us to the next level. We have a young team but we are going to focus strongly on player development. It is the coach’s job to develop the players. It’s up to the coach how good the team is going to be, and we have a good plan to do that.”


Before coaching, Head played basketball at Todd County Central High School and later at the college level. After injuries ended his playing career his freshman year at Lindsey Wilson College, Calvin went on to become a student manager and coach for the team where he gained valuable coaching experience from 2006-2008.


“I’m excited to be here and get a fresh start. This is a great opportunity and I know the task at hand. First, I want to increase participation and I have a plan to do that. I’ve seen this program be successful and I know the potential is there,” said Head. “I want to introduce them to a work ethic I’m used to and put together a staff that will work with me. I want to provide excitement.”


Head will also teach in the special education department.