By Don Wallace
Before Jacksonville College head basketball coach Greg Young could hit the recruiting trail, he wanted to fill vacancies on his own staff.
Young, the head men’s basketball coach and athletic director for Jacksonville College, announced the hiring on Lynn Nabi as the new head women’s basketball coach and Cinco Boone as the assistant men’s coach.
The vacancies were created with the departure of JC women’s coach Brad Phillips who accepted a job in Missouri. JC men’s assistant Cody Myler led the program for another position.
“We are very happy with both the new coaches we added,” Young said. “We feel like we have added some good new talent to our staff. We appreciate the jobs done by Cody and Brad last year.”
Nabi joins the JC coaching staff after 18 years of coaching boys basketball in high school The last eight years were spent in Rockwall by the graduate of Midwestern State University. He also coached eight years in Fairfield.
“Coach Nabi is very experienced and we like he will give some stability to the program,” Young said. “He is here for a while, we hope. His wife is a teacher and their two children will be attending school here.”
Young said the job was upscaled from last year to make the position more attraction.
“We kept getting coaches with little or no experience and we hiring a new one every year. That takes time and it is not the way to build a program,” Young said. “We are going in a new direction now and we hope that Coach Nabi stays a while.’
Nabi had nothing but good things to say about joining the Jaguars staff and looks forward to the challenge of coaching women’s collegiate basketball.
“Greg Young is the reason I am here,” Nabi said. “I have wanted to get into coaching at the college level for some time and I feel like this is a good fit.”
Nabi, 42, is assisting other coaching conduct a basketball camp, but is soon ready to begin recruiting.
“We need to sign a big recruit, that is for sure,” Nabi said with a grin. “But we aren’t going tosign people, just to fill out the team.We want the right person who is also a good player.”
Boone, 24, comes to Jacksonville College following a recent stint as a graduate assistant at Hardin-Simmons in Abilene. He also coached while attending Eastern New Mexico University attending college on a rodeo scholarship.
Boone said he gave up calf roping to concentrate on basketball.
“I have known his family for years, dating back to when I coached in New Mexico,” Young said. “He will do a good job for us.”
Boone said, “Coach Young and his program come highly-recommended from several people I know. I think he is a good coach and a quality person. I found out about the opening and I am proud to be here. He’s been great to me.”
Boone said his next job is to rope in some new recruits to the Jaguars’ basketball program.
“I am very impressed with the talent in this league,” Boone said. “This is going to be a great place for me to coach. I am nine hours or so from home, but I like the area, I think it is a beautiful area with all the trees. I’m looking forward to working in Jacksonville.”
By Don Wallace