Bodenhamer to lead Tigers

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
New Marshall County High School boys basketball coach Arnett Bodenhamer addresses his team for the first time on Monday morning at Dottie Kelso Gymnasium. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After head coach Adrian Wilson departed for Summit earlier this summer, Marshall County High School found a new man to lead the Tiger basketball program when they recently hired veteran coach Arnett Bodenhamer.

Having been in the coaching business the last 14 years, Arnett is very familiar with MCHS' tradition of athletic success and believes the basketball program has the potential to reach lofty heights.


"I applied for the job because it's Marshall County. This town has a lot of tradition and a lot of talent. It's produced a lot of great athletes over the years, some of whom have played professionally. When you walk into the gym, you see all of that tradition. I always kept up with Marshall County wherever I was," said Bodenhamer. "I was attracted to the smaller community because it's close knit and I've always done well in places like this. Athletics is important here and I'm excited to be here. There's a sense of school pride here and we hope to pack the gym on Tuesday and Friday nights."

Despite playing in one of the toughest Districts in Class AA and having just one senior on their roster, the Tigers notched several impressive victories last season and finished with a respectable 16-10 record. Unfortunately, that regular season success did not carry over into the postseason, as Marshall County was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round of the District 12-AA tournament for the second straight year when they lost 92-86 to sixth seeded Page in double overtime.

No backing down

Although Marshall County competes in a challenging District that has seen four teams reach the Class AA State Tournament over the last five years, Bodenhamer readily accepts the challenge and doesn't want his team to back down from anybody.

"You're always excited about new challenges. I've coached in tough Districts before so I'm used to it. The fact that other teams from the District have advanced to the State Tournament is a good thing," said Bodenhamer. "There's talent here year in and year out. The team is young right now but athletic. Coach (David) Lovell does a great job developing players at the middle school here. We've got to get these kids confidence back and believing that they can do some big things."


A 1991 graduate of McGavock High School, Bodenhamer attended Aquinas College his freshman year where he started on the school's baseball team. Bodenhamer then transferred to Tennessee State University and played on the Tigers football team from 1992-94.

After graduating from TSU with a Education degree in 1997, Bodenhamer pursued a Masters Degree in Administration Supervision at the school, which he completed in 2000.

Bodenhamer began his coaching career at Hunters Lane where he served as an assistant basketball and football coach from 2000-03. He then spent the next two years as the head basketball coach at Maplewood before taking the head coaching job at Covington and working there for three seasons.

Coaching jobs

After spending the 2008-09 school year at McGavock as an assistant coach in football and basketball, Bodenhamer took the head coaching job at Liberty Tech Magnet and led the Crusaders to a 21-8 record and a second place finish in the 2010 Class AA State Tournament.

Bodenhamer, however, did not set up shop at Liberty Tech Magnet and moved to Independence where he once again served as an assistant coach on the basketball and football staffs during the 2010-11 school year.

He then worked at Oakland in the same capacity the next year before taking the girls head coaching job at Columbia Central. During the 2012-13 season, Bodenhamer led the Lady Lions to a stellar 27-4 record and helped them capture both the District 8-AAA regular season and tournament titles.

Reason for moves

Bodenhamer then spent last season as the boys head coach at Stewarts Creek before accepting the job at Marshall County.

"I haven't been moving from school to school because of talent hopping," said Bodenhamer. "All of my moves have come in order to benefit my family. I have two kids and a beautiful wife and all three of those people mean the world to me."

Hopefully, Bodenhamer will enjoy coaching at MCHS and experience extended success with the Tigers.