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Randolph named Cornersville boys basketball coach

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Gerard Randolph was named the new boys head basketball coach at Cornersville High School. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber
Cornersville High School ended its search for a new boys basketball coach when they recently selected Gerard Randolph to guide the program.

Although he has never coached basketball before, Randolph has experience on the sidelines and has been an assistant football coach the last three years at Marshall County High School and Cornersville.

A 1995 graduate of Giles County High School, Randolph also has personal experience on the hard court as a player and was a member of the Bobcats' basketball team for four seasons along with being a three-year starter in football and baseball there.

Randolph then played two years of football at Middle Tennessee State University during the 1997 and 1998 seasons before deciding to pursue a coaching career over a decade later.

After coaching linebackers at Marshall County in 2009, Randolph became a part of Cornersville's football staff in 2010 prior to returning to MCHS in 2011.

When the coaching vacancy for the Cornersville boys basketball job opened up this summer, Randolph decided to throw his hat into the ring because he enjoyed working for principal Bob Edens during his previous stint at CHS.

"I came down here because I liked working with coach Edens and his staff. It's also a new challenge and I'm really looking forward to it," said Randolph. "The kids down here want to learn and get better too. That was my experience the first time I was down here."

Edens, meanwhile, was impressed with Randolph's character the first time they worked together.

"There were several other candidates, but we hired Gerard because first of all he is a great person and a good family man. Second he's worked here before and we're familiar with him. And third he really wanted the job and wanted to be down here, which was important to us," said Edens. "We think he is going to be a good fit and we're excited that he's starting his basketball coaching career here."

While he has yet to get his feet wet as a basketball coach, Randolph believes that his previous coaching experience in football will help him with the transition to the hard court and is seeking advice from other coaches.

"The similarities to coaching football are going to be work ethic and teaching kids to do things right," said Randolph. "I'm going to lean on (Cornersville's girls) coach (Micah) Landers some and I've called some other basketball coaches that I know and have gotten a lot of good feedback. I've been studying a lot about the game too and have watched film on our guys from last season."

Randolph should be a welcome addition to the Cornersville athletic staff.