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Cool the hot choice as new FHS boys hoops skipper

As only the fourth Farragut High School varsity boys basketball head coach in the past 50 seasons, Chris Cool's hoops coaching career has come full circle in three seasons.

A two-time All-East Tennessee guard at Knoxville Catholic High School in the mid-1980s, Cool stayed just two seasons as KCHS varsity girls head coach before signing on as Donald Dodgen's top assistant with Farragut High School boys in 2007.

Now he's Admirals skipper.

Cool, 42, replaces the retiring Dodgen and his 37 years experience, accepting the FHS head coaching position Monday afternoon, July 12.

“Chris is a very, very intelligent young man, he will be a great asset to Farragut,” Dodgen said of his former assistant. “I'm happy for Chris Cool, you couldn't ask for a nicer person to take over the program.”

Cool said his time under Dodgen was “so valuable … coach Dodgen's the reason I came over there. If it weren't for him I wouldn't be in this position. He's taught me a lot of great things … he's definitely influenced me a great deal.”

FHS athletic director Dwayne Simmons said, “If we think the person is capable within our organization already, we like to promote them.

“We felt like with his past coaching experience, we felt like he was qualified and capable of being the head coach,” he added.

Simmons, with the approval of FHS principal Michael Reynolds, selected Cool Wednesday, July 7, when the choice was sent for final approval to Knox County Human Resources.

“It came back [Monday],” Simmons added.

A social studies teacher at FHS, Cool's coaching career began in the 1990s in Whitley County, Ky., where he served as middle school girls head coach and high school girls assistant for nine years.

Cool went back to his alma mater in fall 2000 and became Lady Irish softball head coach for six seasons while serving as girls varsity basketball assistant for five seasons.

Cool then was elevated to Catholic girls head coach for the 2005-06 season.

A three-year starter at KCHS who earned honorable mention All-state honors as a senior in 1986, Cool earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education at The University of Tennessee in 1991 and a master's degree in educational administration at The University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) in 1999.

Cool becomes just the fourth FHS boys varsity head coach since 1961, joining Dodgen (1996-2010), Lynn E. Sexton (1961-91) and Mike Edwards (1991-96).


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