Shane Shackleford, an assistant coach for the past decade under both Bill Jones and Russell Thompson, has been named the boys basketball coach at Middlesboro.
Shackleford is a 1991 graduate of Harlan High School, where he played basketball under coach Kevin Ball and was a member of the 1990 HHS team that won the first 13th Region All “A” Classic title.
Harlan advanced to the second round of state competition at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington before falling to eventual champ Owsley County.
The Yellow Jackets have made three straight trips to the 13th Region Tournament, winning the 52nd District Tournament title in 2012 and finishing second each of the past two years, to Harlan County in 2013 and Bell County last March.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be head coach here at Middlesboro. It’s been a long time dream of mine to be a head coach, and I am extremely blessed to have this opportunity,” Shackleford said. “I am looking forward to getting to work and continuing the process of building a successful and competitive program.”
Shackleford will inherit a rebuilding job with the Jackets, who lost five of their top seven players to graduation. The Jackets will feature two returning starters, senior point guard Brandon Hale and senior forward Major Edwards.