GLASGOW — Glasgow Lady Scottie assistant coach Craig Pippen was named the new head coach of the girls’ basketball team in an announcement made by school athletic director Craig Cassady on Friday morning.
“Coach Pippen has an impressive career in coaching basketball accumulating several titles and awards throughout his extensive career,” Cassady said in a press release. “We are very excited to have Coach Pippen aboard to continue the success of the Lady Scotties’ Basketball Program.”
The hiring comes shortly after the resignation of former coach Justin Stinson who has chosen to focus more on one day becoming a principal. Pippen was an assistant coach for one season under Stinson.
“I’m really excited to get back to being a head coach,” Pippen said in a phone interview with the Daily Times. “I feel like I have a lot of fuel left in the tank. With Justin leaving to pursue different career goals, it feels like really good timing.”
Pippen was first an assistant boys’ basketball coach for the following programs: Lexington Catholic High School, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Marion County High School and Henry Clay High School.
Since 1997, Coach Pippen has been a head coach except for this past season at Glasgow. From 1997-2002, Pippen coached the boys’ team at Richmond Model High School While there, he won the Bluegrass Conference Championship and was named Coach of the Year.
From 2002-07, he was Danville High School’s Boys’ Head Coach where he won the district title and was the 12th Region Semifinalist in 2005.
Coach Pippen’s longest and most successful coaching tenure was in Russell County. From 2007-19, Pippen served as the Russell County Girls’ Head Coach.
During this time, he won district titles in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 and compiled a district record of 73 wins vs. 13 losses.
During the 2017 season, Pippen served as 4th Region President while leading the Lady Lakers to a 4th Region title and a trip to the KHSAA Girls Sweet Sixteen.
Coach Pippen’s accolades while at Russell County include: 2011 KABC Century Club Award Recipient – 200 wins, 2018 KABC Century Award Recipient – 300 wins and 2018 KABC 4th Region Coach of the Year.
“A lot of these coaches are good friends of mine,” Pippen said of his experience in the region. “A lot of them have texted me today and welcomed me back. It’s been great to see.”
Last season, the Lady Scotties recorded a 22-9 record while finishing as runners-up in the 15th District last season. For Coach Pippen, he is looking forward to coaching so many familiar faces.
“I know the personnel coming back really well,” Pippen said. “I know their strengths and weaknesses, and I have a lot of thoughts on coaching philosophy and on offensive strategy. We lose some really good seniors, but we are getting three starters back in Anzley Adwell, Dynasti Page and Nina McMurtrey. We are also getting players who contributed a lot last season like Mia Cassady and Janae Bradley. We’ve got a lot of players coming back.”
“I missed the challenge of putting a program in a position to win,” Pippen added. I’m just so excited and thankful to be back in this position.”
Coach Pippen is a physical education teacher at Glasgow High School and resides in Glasgow with his wife Liana and their three children.