Dickson County hires Hal Murrell as new boys basketball coach

New Dickson County basketball coach Hal Murrell and his family

By Lucas Panzica

lpanzica@wdkn.com

DICKSON, TN – The Dickson County Cougars have a new boys basketball coach, as former assistant Hal Murrell was promoted on Monday to lead the team after Jason Tigert’s departure to take the head job at Franklin High School.

Murrell spent last season as an assistant for Tigert, and head coach of the Dickson County JV team.

“First I want to say how excited I am to have this opportunity” said Murrell, “I believe we can have a really good basketball team this upcoming season, but we have to come hungry every day.

“If we think we are going to be good, we’re not going to get to where we want to be.”

Murrell will carry over a similar mentality and style of play that was utilized under Tigert, and hopes the continuity will make the transition as seamless as possible with plenty of production returning from last season.

“We have a great group of guys returning, and I’m very excited to get back in the gym with them very soon.”

The Cougars lose seniors Kody Pardue and Darian Burns to graduation, but return guard DJ Stacy, who led the team in scoring a year ago with 15.6 ppg. Starting point guard Winn Gramling, leading rebounder Jaden Davis, and another returning starter in Cade Purvine will suit up for Cougars again in 2019 as well.

“I hope we can play an uptempo style on on both ends of the floor, should be really exciting” continued Murrell.

Before coming to Dickson County as an assistant, Murrell spent 10 seasons as the head coach at Columbia High School, where he compiled a 251-183 record with the Lions.

In the 2018-19 season Dickson County finished fourth in 11AAA with a 17-11 overall record, but the season ended in the first game of the district tournament with a 51-39 loss to Summit.

Murrell is scheduled to join the RFC Sports Hour Wednesday night at 6pm for his first interview as the head coach of Dickson County basketball on 101.5 The One & WDKN.

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