James Clemens Introduces New Basketball Coaches

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As the 2012-2013 school year approaches, pieces continue to fall into place for Madison's newest high school. Last week Madison City Schools announced that James Clemens High School would have a senior class for its inaugural year. Now, the athletic department has filled the last of its head coach openings.

The school introduced former Sparkman head coach Luther Tiggs as the Jets' first boys' basketball head coach. Former Hazel Green boys' basketball assistant coach Jeff Dunnavant will run the girls' program.

"It makes you feel a lot more comfortable when you bring people in and it's just more added to show that we are going to be a 6A varsity program," said James Clemens Athletic Director Bill Stewart.

Tiggs comes to the new Madison school with more than two decades of coaching experience under his belt. His new team will look similar to his teams from the past.

"We're going to play extremely fast, so get your seatbelts on and we're going to press and we're going to run. It won't be anything different," said Tiggs.

As for Dunnavant, he follows up the Trojans' 2012 title game run with his first head coaching position.

"Just to be able to be a head coach at a place in Madison City, where I think you have all the resources necessary to be successful," said Dunnavant.

Both have the chance to make an immediate impact on Alabama's youngest program.

"We got an opportunity right now to do something new, something fresh, we get a chance to build our own legacy," said Tiggs.

James Clemens High School also hired head wrestling and boys' soccer coaches. Stewart added that the school is on track with its sports schedules as well.