BETSY LAYNE — Douglas Hopkins has been tabbed to take over the Betsy Layne High School girls’ basketball program. Hopkins was announced as the Lady Bobcats’ new head coach on Friday.
In his most recent coaching stints, Hopkins has guided the Adams Middle School girls’ and boys’ basketball programs. In the latest Floyd County middle school girls’ basketball season, Hopkins guided Adams to Floyd County A- and C-team titles.
Hopkins’ coaching resume includes being the head coach of a Kentucky state champion. He guided the Adams Middle School boys’ basketball team to a Kentucky state title in 2017.
Previously, Hopkins has served as an assistant coach on girls’ basketball coaching staffs at Allen Central and Prestonsburg High Schools. He has been an assistant coach on boys’ basketball coaching staffs at Betsy Layne and Prestonsburg High Schools.
Hopkins met with many of his new Betsy Layne girls’ basketball players on Monday. At press time on Tuesday, Hopkins was set to officially begin his journey with the Betsy Layne girls’ basketball program by conducting the squad’s first offseason workout under his direction.
“I would like thank Principal Jody Roberts, Assistant Principals Jonathan Parsons and Terri Hall and Athletic Director Brent Hamilton for the great opportunity to lead the Lady Bobcats this coming year,” Hopkins commented. “It’s been a lifelong dream to be able to lead my own program. I would also like to thank Adams Middle School Principal Tommy Poe for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to coach at Adams.”
Fans of the tradition-rich Betsy Layne girls’ basketball program are already showing their excitement for the 2019/2020 hoops season.
“The support has been overwhelming from the community,” Hopkins noted.
Hopkins replaced Kristal Allen as the head coach of the Lady Bobcats. Betsy Layne ended the 2018/2019 season 7-22, finishing winless in the 58th District.
Following his hiring, Hopkins will be able to have some input on Betsy Layne’s schedule for the 2019/2020 season.