Anthony Lippe was named the new Warren County High School girls basketball coach Wednesday, athletic director Todd Willmore announced.
It was a dream come true for Lippe, who has worked diligently in hopes of getting to lead a program.
"I'm excited. This is what I always wanted to do - be a head coach," said Lippe. "I appreciate the opportunity. One of the hardest things to do it get the first head coaching job. I feel like I have the support of principal (Jimmy) Walker and AD (Todd) Willmore and that's all I can ask for."
Lippe, 30, came to Warren County as coach of the WCMS 5-6 grade boys basketball team in 2011-12 and coached that team for one year before joining Erick Baird as an assistant on the WCHS girls team. He served as freshman and JV coach in his first year with the Lady Pioneers before serving as lead assistant the following season - the program's lone winning campaign in two decades (17-15, 2013-14).
Lippe spent last season as an assistant coach for Chris Sullens. He also held that position under Sullens from 2014-17. Lippe spent the 2017-18 season serving as an assistant coach on both the White County boys and girls teams.
Lippe is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University, where he worked as a student assistant under coaches Mike Sutton and Steve Payne.
The newest Lady Pioneer coach hopes to guide his players on and off the court.
"My No. 1 goal is to create relationships with the kids. This is bigger than basketball," said Lippe. "I'm coaching basketball, but we're also mentoring young adults. That's why I do this. This is a calling. I'm passionate about this.
"I want my players to be successful beyond basketball. If I'm doing that, I'm doing this for the right reasons."
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