The Pineville Mountain Lions have a new basketball coach. Superintendent Russell Thompson introduced Brad Levy to the players on Thursday afternoon.
While this will be Levy’s first varsity head coaching job, he has several years of experience coaching at the middle school, freshman and junior varsity level working with Tony Wise at Franklin County High School and Billy Hicks at Scott County High School.
Levy has been on the lookout for the right place to start his high school head coaching career and Pineville was appealing because his wife, Nicole, has family nearby.
“My wife, Nicole, has family from the Middlesboro area. We’re newly married so we’re kind of just looking to start a life,” he said. “It’s always been my dream to be a Kentucky high school varsity head coach. We saw this job was open and with her being from the area we know how passionate people are about basketball down here. That just fits right in line with me and I wanted to get here and build something.”
Coach Levy didn’t want to get into specifics about what kind of offense or defense he plans to run, but said his teams will be known for playing hard.
“First off, we’re going to play hard for 32 minutes — playing hard from the tip to the final buzzer is going to be our slogan,” Levy said. “I don’t want to commit to playing a certain style because we’re going to do whatever we need to do to win. But I’m a believer in playing aggressively on offense and defense. That’s playing fast on offense and really getting after people on the defensive end.”
Levy also said he enjoys seeing kids develop their individual skills from the time they’re playing in youth league all the way through high school.
“I want to develop kids from the feeder program on up to the varsity level. I’ll always be wanting to in the gym and work kids out. Working on their skills, the most important things like passing, shooting, dribbling, those type of things every day at every level,” he said.
The next step for the Levys is to find a home in the Pineville area.
“We’re relocating and we’re excited about becoming a part of the community. Everyone we’ve met so far has been really nice to us, helpful and welcoming,” he said. “Mr. Thompson has been second to none throughout this process. His vision for the school and for this program matches up with what I’ve wanted to do. It’s just been a good match so far. We’re looking forward to it.”