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 is 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.”
His hiring has already sent excitement through the program, both from current players and former members of the team. Hallie Pennington, a spot starter this past season as a junior, looks forward to getting to work with Lippe this fall.
“I have worked with coach Lippe in the past. He’s a great coach who knows his basketball,” said Pennington. “I’m very excited about my senior year and to see what direction coach Lippe will take the Lady Pioneers. He is a great example as a person as well as a basketball coach.”
Camerie Campbell and Jessie Newby were seniors on the 2014 team. They are still very fond on their former assistant coach.
“I don’t think they could have picked a better coach. Not only is he a good coach, but he was also a good role model for each of us to look up to and that’s important for that age group,” said Campbell. “He would always build us up. His uplifting attitude gave me confidence I needed to play my game.”
Newby added, “He always did a great job at seeing each person’s potential and getting them to where they should be. He helped identify my weaknesses and turned them into strengths. The sky is the limit with a coach like Lippe for the Lady Pioneers.”
Lippe is still in the beginning stages of planning for next season, including building a staff. One thing he’s adamant about is giving the players all the help they could neeed.
“My job is to go out and get the very best possible people I can find. The girls deserve the best and I want the best.”