Katie Collier Named Soddy Daisy Girls Basketball Coach


Katie Collier faces a daunting task and what most people would call an impossible task, but she is more than up to the challenge in front of her.

Collier was named new head coach of women’s basketball Soddy Daisy, succeeding Kayla Burse, who had held the position for two years.

Collier is an energetic 24-year-old who has no coaching experience in high school, but has been in basketball her whole life and it didn’t take long for her to win over Soddy Daisy athletic director Jared Hensley and assistant manager Jennifer Williams than it was. the right person for the job.

Collier is from Knoxville where she graduated from Knoxville Webb in 2015 and was the starting point goalie for a team that has won state titles for the past three years. She then played basketball for coach Rick Insel at MTSU before graduating in 2019 with an exercise science degree.

His dam Shelley Collier was a Lady Vol and was a senior on Pat Summitt’s first national championship team in 1987. The mother is currently the trainer at Webb. She and Katie have worked together as AAU team coach, so the 24-year-old has been around top coaches for most of her life.

Katie was on the list of potential coaches for Soddy Daisy’s job two years ago, but it just wasn’t a good time. It seems to be the ideal solution today.

“Katie interviewed two years ago, but now wasn’t a good time. She contacted me this time before I could contact her, but I had a good feeling she might be the right person for the job almost as soon as I started talking to her, ”Hensley said Tuesday morning during an hourly break.

“I wanted Jennifer to interview her because I knew she was the right fit for the job if she could pass the ‘Curly test’. Jennifer told me very quickly that we had to offer her the job.

“She seems to have the answers and the drive to do a great job for us. I know she doesn’t have any high school coaching experience, but she knows a lot about the sport and will be a good fit for us. She met the girls on Monday and everyone is excited to start, ”Hensley added.

Collier has worked for State Farm Insurance and Rodney Allen more recently, but she stepped down from that post on Friday with the intention of starting with the Lady Trojans as soon as possible. She is currently a student at Lee University while she is acquiring her teaching and master’s degrees.

“I’ve been in basketball my whole life and have had the chance to learn from some of the best in the business,” Katie said before lunch.

“My mother was a Lady Vol and I knew Coach Summitt before she got sick. I even got to celebrate my 13th birthdaye birthday at her house. I was able to develop a special relationship with her.

“I feel like the timing is perfect for me because I have never been so ready for such an exciting opportunity. And I’m young enough that I still have the ability to demonstrate what I’m trying to teach.

“I walked into the Soddy Daisy gym and noticed all the championship banners that other teams had won and my plan is to hang a banner for women’s basketball there. I know it might take a little while, but I’m here for the long haul and I have big plans for these young girls.

“My boyfriend Andy Wright graduated from Soddy Daisy and he let me know when this position was opened. I texted Jared to let him know I was interested. Basketball means a lot to me and my family.

“I know what it takes to win a championship and I’m ready to start working towards that goal. I plan to transform this program to make it famous with the idea of ​​being the toughest, most heartbroken team in town. I intend to instill my tenacity in them, but I want to help these young girls become independent and strong young women and make a difference in their lives.

“We will have a gymnasium open for three days ahead for testing and I plan to take to the floor running on June 1,” she concluded.

So there you have it. A young woman with a life of basketball experience is preparing to get her feet wet as a coach for the first time in high school.

Soddy Daisy High School has produced state championship teams in many sports and Katie Collier is set to add women’s basketball to the list.

(Email John Hunt at [email protected])


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