“I’ve always heard it’s not how old you are, it’s how you carry yourself. And I’ve always tried to carry myself well,” the 24-year-old Honeycutt said Monday.
Honeycutt, who spent the past two basketball seasons as an assistant varsity coach and junior varsity head coach at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Ky., was officially named the new boys basketball coach at Lee High on Thursday.
He replaces Brian Coomer, who resigned in March after one year at the Generals’ helm.
“It’s a big opportunity and I think we can have a good program,” said Honeycutt.
CHANGING THE ATTITUDE
Honeycutt, a native of Morgan County, Tennessee, which lies between Knoxville and Nashville, was an assistant coach for four years at Sunbright High School. During that time, he also worked as an AAU coach.
“For a solid four years, it was basketball all around for me,” said Honeycutt, under whom his AAU program compiled a 76-24 record.
Honeycutt’s JV team at Alice Lloyd went 19-9 overall.
“Everywhere I’ve been, we’ve had a winning program,” he said. “I think we can do that at Lee High, too. It’s a good school and it’s a good community.”
Lee went 5-18 last season and has averaged seven wins over the past four years. The Generals haven’t had a winning season in eight years.
Honeycutt said he hopes to change the “status quo.”
“It’s not going to be easy and it’s definitely not going to happen overnight. But if we’re patient I think we’re going to have a good program here,” he said. “I’m big on skill development. That’s where we will start and we’ll get better.
“Lee is in a tough (Mountain 7 District), especially with Gate City having some great players the last couple of years. And there are some other very good teams in the conference. That’s where we want to be.”
NEW FACES AT THE COACHING TABLE
Honeycutt is Lee High’s third new head coach, joining Alec Haston (football) and Ginny Hall (volleyball).
Haston replaced Jeremy Pendergraft, who resigned as coach in March but remained the school’s athletic director.
Hall took over for Alexis Carson, who resigned last year to become the volleyball coach at Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands.