The Hendersonville girls basketball program will be under new leadership next season as former Springfield head coach Kelli Reed takes over the Lady Commando program.
Reed replaces John Filson, who stepped down in January after two seasons.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to be the head coach,” Reed said in a press release. “I appreciate the (Hendersonville) administration for putting their faith in me and that our vision aligns for the future of this basketball team. I am excited to get on campus and get to work. I look forward to meeting all the girls and being part of a great community.”
Reed leaves Springfield after just one season as head coach. She compiled an 8-20 record in her lone season with a trip to the Region 5-AAA quarterfinal round.
“I am very appreciative of Springfield and the opportunity they gave me,” she said. “This was an opportunity that fell in my lap.”
Reed said she is aware of the Lady Commandos’ rich history and is excited to leave her stamp on the program. She is tasked with trying to win the team’s first District 9-AAA tournament championship since 1995.
“Talking with the administrators, it seems that we have the same vision of winning and being successful on and off the court,” she told Main Street Preps.
Reed played college basketball at Roane State and Tennessee Tech, where she graduated in 2014. Before that, she was an all-state guard at Clarkrange High School and won a TSSAA Class A state championship in 2009, going 39-0 that season.
During her time at Clarkrange from 2006-10, Reed’s team went 140-22. She is hopeful of passing on some of the lessons she learned under legendary coach Lamar Rogers.
Before taking over at Springfield, Reed spent time as an AAU coach from 2014-2017 before taking an assistant coaching job at White County High School under Michael Dodgen from 2017-2019.
“We will be a disciplined, hard-working team first and foremost,” she said. “We will be successful in all that we do both on and off the court. We will play as a team, and we will strive to play harder than anyone that is in front of us.”
One of the first tasks Reed has given herself is meeting the girls and creating a bond with them that will equate to success on the court.
Unfortunately for her, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school facilities and in-person meetings are off-limits until further notice. But the roadblock won’t be new for her.
Before taking over as head coach at Springfield in 2019, she initially was set to be the assistant coach, but the departure of former coach Todd Babington to Nolensville forced Reed into the role as head coach despite being on campus for a short amount of time.
“Much like this year, I did not have a summer with (Springfield) either,” she said. “I was able to do the conditioning with them when school started in August, but as far as getting to know them as players, I did not get that chance until the week of games.”
Hendersonville finished 7-20 last season and ended the year with a loss to Beech in the opening round of the District 9-AAA tournament.
“We are excited to have Kelli Reed on board," Hendersonville Principal Bob Cotter said. "She is going to gain instant credibility with the kids having won a state championship at Clarkrange and playing at the Division I level.
“We are working through the hiring process, and as soon as that is complete through our Human Resources department, she will have complete access to the program to talk with athletes and put her fingerprints on the Lady Commando program."