Kevin Windle switching to William Blount

Basketball coach leaves Lenoir City

By Dave Link

Kevin Windle is ready for his fourth task as a basketball coach.

Windle, 32, resigned as Lenoir City High School's boys coach to take the same position at William Blount High School. Both teams compete in District 4-AAA.

Windle compiled a 37-20 record in two seasons at Lenoir City.

"Lenoir City is a great place and I thank them for my time there," Windle said Monday afternoon. "I'm looking forward to my new opportunity and the challenge at William Blount High School."

Windle replaces David Baumann, who resigned in April after 11 seasons as William Blount's boys coach. The Governors were 5-24 last season, 2-12 in District 4-AAA. They lost to Farragut 68-49 in the first round of the district tournament.

Windle played basketball at Oneida High School and graduated in 1996 before playing for Tennessee Wesleyan. He spent three years as an assistant coach at Anderson County, was coach for Oneida's boys for three years, was an assistant at Lenoir City for one year, and was the boys coach at Seymour in 2008-09 before taking the job at Lenoir City.

William County athletic director Mike Brewer said he looks forward to Windle coaching the program "for many years to come."

"Kevin brings leadership, character and knowledge of the game to our program," Brewer said. "He is well-respected as a person and in the coaching community."

Windle guided Lenoir City to a 21-9 record in 2009-10 - with current Samford University forward Tyler Hood leading the way - and reached the Region 2-AAA semifinals. Last season, Lenoir City was 17-11 and lost to Maryville in overtime in the first round of the District 4-AAA tournament.

"William Blount is a good opportunity," Windle said. "It's in a great school system, and I'm looking forward to the challenge to build that program up to where it can go. . . . I really do wish the Lenoir City faithful well and the team well, and I'm just looking forward to a new chapter and a new opportunity.