Darvin Gill Steps Down as RCHS Basketball Coach

Rhea County High School Lady Eagle coach Darvin Gill sits on bench during home game this year.(Photo:GaryBolden/Rheareview)

Gill Coached Rhea County Lady Eagles 3 Years

March 2019

Evensville, TN —  Rhea County High School girls’ basketball coach Darvin Gill has stepped down as basketball coach effective immediately.  He will continue at Rhea County High School in his classroom duties.  Gill came to Rhea County from White County, where he was assistant.  Gill took over in June of 2016 and immediately hit the ground running.  Gill is a basketball junkie, stat analyst and gym rat.  He was always a hard worker and communicated very well with the media.

Gill was named “Coach of the Year” for District 6-AAA in each of his first two years on the job.  His teams made the Region 3-AAA semifinals in 2018 and quarterfinals in 2019.  His team compiled an overall 57-32 record and finished 2018-19 with a 16-15 record.

Gill’s basketball offensive philosophy was offensive focused with accent on the three point shot.  This season four lady eagles hit over 50 three point baskets, including Maddie Taylor, who led the team with 60 and Haley Cameron, Mallory Hampton and Macy Welch.

Coach Gill said, “I appreciate the opportunity to coach at Rhea County High School.  The administration, parents and fans were very good to work with.  The players all were very good at learning my offense.  I asked a lot of the girls and they responded.”

“I learned a lot during my three years here.  I had experience as head coach in summer programs but running a high school program was a different challenge and I feel I have learned from the time here.”

“I enjoyed all the players who played for the last three years.  Two of those players, Micah Black and Mallory Hampton were two of the best I have seen in my years of watching and coaching basketball.  Both brought so much to the court and brought so much off the court.”

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  1. I can’t help but see this as a major blow to the girls program. This coach took the talent that was there and built the offense based on what he had and not only did it work it was very fun to watch. It seemed he did things that were based purely on basketball and he didn’t seem to be influenced by a political agenda. Not sure if Coach Gill got another offer to coach elsewhere or if there was another reason but I sure hope the fast pace offense that he used is implemented by the next coach.


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