Macon East hires new basketball coaches | Sports
CECIL – It’s not often that a school has to replace both its boys and girls basketball coaches, but Macon East Academy principal Glynn Lott has spent the last six months looking for replacements and will feature Reginald Sprouse and Davis Lamb at The Knights Basketball Teams today.
“It will be interesting,” Lott said. “Coach Lamb is young. We were fortunate enough to work together during the football season and before I cast him out there I wanted to see his work ethic and how he does things. I think he will do well.
“They will be a learning curve. Everyone has to change with your skill level. After speaking with Coach Sprouse, I don’t see a ton of difference from what we’ve done in the past and what they’re going to do.
The boys’ program won its third state championship in the past five years with a victory over Escambia in February, but Lott had resumed the program after replacing head coach Lincoln Glass in January and immediately began to seek a substitute. After facing several setbacks in his replacement’s personal selection, Lott was rewarded when Sprouse applied for the job
“I was probably very selective in what I was looking for,” Lott said. “It might have a lot to do with filling the position, but I offered it to several different people who got better offers where they were or had programs they were building. and did not want to leave. I’m a loyal guy and I love to see it, which is why I went after the people I went after.
Sprouse, a 1999 graduate of Sidney Lanier, played for Floyd Mathews on some very talented teams in the late 1990s including Marco Killingsworth and Ronell and Donell Taylor. Sprouse played at Bevill State Community College and finished at Huntingdon College, where he graduated in 2010. He began his coaching career as Tara Osborne’s assistant at Prattville Christian Academy in 2011, then from Jason Roberson in 2012 with the Panthers on the Boys and Girls programs.
He moved to Prattville in 2013 and with Buzz Phillips at Huntingdon in 2014 before helping coach Kira Lewis with the Alabama Challenge AAU team in 2015 and 2016. This team became the Alabama Fusion in 2017 and Sprouse coached one more year of AAU balloon, then began to coach a team at Maxwell Air Force Base. He was also an assistant at Sidney Lanier in 2019 and George W. Carver in 2021.
“When I started calling referrals, I called a lot of people I knew and they all spoke really well about him,” Lott said. “I haven’t received anything negative from people I respect. I always like to hire people I know and don’t know, but the people I’ve spoken to do. Everyone was very attached to him and his knowledge of basketball and the way he behaves and trains his children. “
Sprouse said he applied for the Macon East job because “I’ve always wanted my own basketball program. I’ve been a head coach on a military base team at Maxwell for the past four or five years, but wanted my own high school program. Macon East became available and I applied and Coach Lott gave me an opportunity.
As Lott pointed out, Macon East’s style closely resembles Sprouse’s coaching philosophy.
“It’s going to be more of a quick game,” Sprouse said. “You have to have shooters because that’s the way the game is played, so you have to have guys who can go in and create for the other guys. My goal is to play north and south as fast as possible with direct defense.
“From what I’ve heard, they’re already doing a pretty good job of man-to-man defense thanks to Coach (Larry) Chapman, Coach Glass and Coach Lott, so I think that I’m going to adapt perfectly to what they’re doing defensively.
Lamb will also be the head coach for the first time, making her debut as a football assistant with the Knights this fall before taking over the women’s basketball program. He will succeed Wendell Barr, who coached the Knights to the state quarterfinals last year before moving to St. James as a volunteer assistant.
“I know we’ve lost a lot of seniors so it’s going to be a young team,” said Lamb. “There are a lot of freshmen who will have a lot of playing time this year. It’s a new start and an exciting start.
Lamb played for his father Jeff, a longtime coach at Beulah, then played football at Point University before transferring to Auburn. He too has a background in the AAU ball, where he coached three boys ‘teams and one girls’ team, but this will be his first job in high school basketball.
“I plan to implement a faster, faster game,” Lamb said. “It’s the fun part for the coaches is that you are witnessing this transition and I’m excited to see that. We’ll just have to get to work as quickly as possible and get going. I believe we have the talent in the school to do it, no matter what.
Lamb is employed at the school as a science teacher in addition to a media and marketing course he teaches, while Sprouse is employed at Gunter Annex / Maxwell and will serve the school as a coach community.
Just seven months ago, Lott was coaching the boys’ team to a state championship, but he said he plans to not give Sprouse any advice unless asked.
“He won’t hear a word from me,” Lott said. “I’m going to sit in the stands and support him and Coach Lamb both. I don’t want someone telling me how to train and I hired them to train. It’s their team and their program.