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Wes Edmonds hopes his success with Farragut High School junior varsity basketball can at least partially carry over into the varsity ranks.

Leading FHS JV girls hoops to three straight perfect seasons, Edmonds has been elevated from FHS girls varsity assistant to the head coaching position.

Among new hires, Edmonds joins a long-time coach with a hugely successful track and field coaching resumé in Admiral Country: Scott McKenzie, who takes over the golf program. (More on McKenzie later in this story)

As for Edmonds, “It was excitement mixed with relief, I guess,” he said of the news Wednesday, July 30, coming from a “downtown human resources lady” according to the new coach. “It had been stressful times since I heard about Mike [Driver’s] departure. I had a pretty good feeling that I was going to get it, but stranger things have happened, you know.

“I really wanted the job, I really wanted the opportunity,” he added. “You just never know who's going to come out of the woodwork to apply for a job like Farragut.”

Edmonds replaces Driver, who is now athletic director/assistant principal at Gibbs High School.

Driver said Edmonds “absorbs a lot of information and he really likes to study the game. I think his coaching knowledge is there, and I think he has a respectful relationship between the girls and himself. So I think they'll have a lot of confidence in his coaching.”

Edmonds, 29, said his junior varsity success “helped me out with the position. Every girl we have on the [varsity] team now has played J-V for me before and been successful.

“A couple of tournaments in the summertime when coach Driver was out of town, I coached the varsity, so I had some experience coaching at the varsity level,” he added. “Those experiences usually went pretty well.”

After one year as a student teacher at Gibbs where he helped coach the soccer team, Edmonds became a teacher/coach at FHS in the 2004-05 school year.

Edmonds, 29, started his run of JV girls success in 2005-06 after one season as freshman girls coach.

“Coach Driver left me a great system, a great program, and I really want to continue what he started, the excellence of Farragut,” Edmonds said.

“Coach Driver really took me in four years ago and really mentored me. The things I know about basketball and my style of basketball I learned from coach Driver. Coach Driver really did a great job building Farragut up to where we'll always competitive.”

As of press deadline Edmonds had not hired any new assistant coaches, though current freshman head coach Jennifer Eidemiller will remain.

In the classroom, Edmonds will continue teaching AP human geography and will add Driver's former AP college level economics class.

A graduate of Tennessee High School, Bristol in 1997, Edmonds received his bachelor's degree in political science/economics from The University of Tennessee in 2002 and his master’s in education from UT in 2004.

Edmonds’ fiancé is Buff Patterson.

Edmonds said he received a recommendation, “I believe from Mr. [Dwayne] Simmons [FHS athletics director/assistant principal] and Mr. [Michael] Reynolds [principal].”

As for McKenzie, who led FHS boys track and field to three consecutive Class AAA crowns 1998-2000, “He applied for it, and in doing our interview process we thought he was the best candidate,” Simmons said.


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