The North Sand Mountain girls basketball program has its new head coach.
Jeremiah Haynes was officially hired as NSM’s new coach during Wednesday’s Jackson County Board of Education meeting.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Haynes said. “The chance to be a head coach is exciting. That’s something I’ve been working for.”
Haynes replaces longtime NSM head coach Tracy Vest, who coached the Bison for 16 years over two tenures (1995-2003 and 2013-19). Vest, who also coached the NSM boys from 2004-2010 and totaled 401 career wins, retired from the Alabama Education System — his retirement was finalized at Wednesday’s meeting — and has been hired as the new varsity girls head basketball head coach at Rhea County High School in Evensville, Tennessee.
Haynes is the son of former Section, Woodville, Scottsboro, Ider, Sylvania head coach Glenn Haynes. Jeremiah Haynes played for his father at Sylvania and helped the Rams reached the Class 3A Northeast Regional finals in 2012. He then took a year off before playing basketball for two seasons at Gadsden State Community College in 2014-15. Haynes finished his degree at Auburn University in 2018 and worked at Collins Intermediate School and was an assistant boys basketball coach for Scottsboro last school year.
“We’re excited to have Jeremiah join our staff,” said NSM principal Dusty Roden. “He’s a great person, hard-working guy. He’s coming in here ready to work. (Basketball) is in his blood. He comes from a basketball family, been around it all his life. I think he’s going to do good things.”
Although his hire was made official Wednesday, Haynes was allowed to begin working with the team in early June so that the team would be allowed to participate in play dates and team camps during the AHSAA’s allotted time period, which ended last Friday.
“I thought (the summer) went really well,” Haynes said. “We’re going to be a young team so it was just about getting them some experience. I’ve just told them to give me their best and do what’s asked for them, and we’ll go from there.”
Team will have open gym opportunities the rest of the summer and are also conduction weight-lifting and conditioning workouts.
“I’m excited about (the opportunity),” Haynes said. “They’re really passionate about basketball here, really passionate about all their sports. That’s the kind of school you want to be a head coach at.”