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Middlesboro High School gets a new head basketball coach

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John Wheat

John Wheat has been named the new head basketball coach for Middlesboro High School's boys basketball team. Athletic Director Jesse Allen sent WRIL John's background.


John is from Monticello, KY. and is a 1992 graduate of Wayne County High School and a 1996 graduate of Campbellsville College. He began his county career at Pulaski County high school where I served as a basketball and softball coach for five years.


He then moved on to Campbellsville High School where he was an assistant coach, freshman coach, and JV coach for 12 years. During his tenure, Campbellsville won five 5th region All A championship titles, four district titles, and were region runner-up. While serving as freshman coach at Campbellsville, he held the record for most team wins in back to back years. Also, during his time at Campbellsville, he was fortunate enough to serve as assistant coach for the 2008 KY All Star team.


John has spent the last nine years at Bardstown High School as assistant coach and JV coach. During his tenure at Bardstown, they won nine consecutive district titles, one 5th region title, made it to the elite eight at state, and made the regional semifinals or finals eight of my nine years. He also served as KY Junior All Star assistant coach in 2018 and KY All Star assistant coach in 2019.


In his biography John said: "I look forward to this opportunity to be head coach for the Middlesboro Yellowjackets. I’m excited to work with this team to achieve great things. Most importantly, I’m excited to develop these young men both on and off the court. I look forward to meeting the team soon so that we can get to work. Go Yellowjackets!"


John is taking over as head coach after Lewis Morris retired earlier this year.


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