Long-time West Tennessee coach Mike Greer is returning to Paris to coach the Henry County High School boys’ basketball team.
Greer served as the Patriots’ head coach in the 2012-13 season and posted a 12-18 overall record that included a 6-10 finish in District 10-AAA play. The Patriots finished third in the district tournament that season and upset Station Camp 69-62 in overtime in the Region 5-AAA Tournament in Gallatin before being eliminated by a loss to Dickson County in the region semifinals.
He resigned later that spring because of difficulties of commuting from his home in Milan to Paris to coach.
He took the job at South Gibson High School in Medina after leaving HCHS and coached at Martin Westview this past season.
Greer said he is excited about getting a second chance to coach the Patriots.
“I feel unbelievably blessed and lucky to have this opportunity to coach at Henry County a second time,” Greer said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. “People may not believe me, but it had always been a goal of mine to coach at Henry County since I was in high school. To have the opportunity come to me — not once, but twice — is something that is beyond anything I can put into words.”
A high school basketball star at Camden Central High School, Greer played at Union University. He has been elected to the Benton County and Union halls of fame.
During his coaching career, he has been named Coach of the Year 12 times and had 22 players advance to play at the collegiate level. He has had 14 former players that went on serve as assistant coaches and head coaches.
Patriot athletic director Mike Poteete made the announcement Monday afternoon of Greer’s hiring and added that Roddy Adkisson will be joining the HCHS program as Greer’s assistant coach.
“We are looking forward to Coach Greer being our head coach at Henry County High School and moving with his family to our community,” said Poteete. “I hope that everyone gives him full support as he works with the basketball team at HCHS.”
Greer’s hiring was also hailed by HCHS principal Dr. Michelle Webb.
“We are excited about for Coach Greer and Coach Adkisson to join us at Henry County High School and know they will do a great job working with our young men. We look forward to them providing a strong program of basketball for our boys while developing men of character. We look forward to filling Gamlin Gym next season to cheer on our Patriot basketball teams.”
Adkisson has served as the Patriots’ freshman head coach at Grove before becoming the head coach at Inman Middle School where his teams have posted a 34-9 record.
The Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the West Tennessee Sectional playoffs this season.