Josh Wright has resigned as North Jackson varsity girls basketball head coach to make the leap into administration.
Wright was hired to be the new assistant principal at Skyline High School during Thursday’s Jackson County Board of Education’s meeting.
Wright coached North Jackson for three seasons, turning a winless program the season before his arrival into an area champion two years later.
“We had a built it up and bigger things I think are ahead for them,” Wright said. “It’s tough to leave that, but this is a huge opportunity for me. Skyline’s a good school, a good community, and (principal) Mr. (Jason) Davidson is awesome. I’m looking forward to learning from him. The door opened and I’m thankful for it.”
Wright was already on the job at Skyline Friday morning.
“The hardest part was I didn’t get to tell the girls. They knew it after the board meeting,” he said. “I want to go meet with them, talk to them about how thankful I am to what they did while I was there. Those seniors, the ones that went to Stevenson, I’ve had them all the way from fifth-grade up. All the kids we had are a good group of kids.”
Wright coached boys basketball for seven seasons and girls basketball for two seasons at Stevenson Middle School, winning four Jackson County Middle School Tournament championships. He accepted the varsity girls basketball coaching post at North Jackson in 2016. The Chiefs improved from four wins his first season to 12 in his second and 17 last season, when they posted a winning record for the first time in nearly 10 years. North Jackson made the Class 4A Northeast Sub-regionals in all three of Wright’s seasons as coach, finishing as the area runner-up that in 2016-17 season before winning back-to-back area tournament titles the past two seasons.
“I’ll always have fond memories,” Wright said, “(and) always look back and be proud of what those girls did.”