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Rebel Basketball Coach Wilkins to Helm Girls as Well

Posted 4/14/20

McKENZIE (April 8) — Next year, a familiar face takes on a new role at McKenzie High School.The school announced Wednesday boys’ basketball Head Coach John Wilkins will also lead the …

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Rebel Basketball Coach Wilkins to Helm Girls as Well

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McKENZIE (April 8) — Next year, a familiar face takes on a new role at McKenzie High School.

The school announced Wednesday boys’ basketball Head Coach John Wilkins will also lead the girls’ team.

The position opened up when Lady Rebel Head Coach Lance McAllister announced his departure from McKenzie in March.

Wilkins has coached the Rebels for eight season with impressive results, including a 193-52 record, seven district titles and a Class A State Semifinals appearance.

The coach told The Banner he’s never coach girls before, besides his own kids. He added, “I’ve never done both, but I’m excited about the opportunity.”

Wilkins said, “Basketball is all my family knows, so coaching two won’t be much of a change. We talk about basketball all of the time. My wife [Lauren] and kids [three daughters] are very excited to be a part of both programs and thankful for the great support of our school system and community as a whole.”

As Wilkins notes, coaching hoops is the family business. John’s father, Mitch, coaches Gibson County’s girls, and his brother Mark coaches the boys at South Gibson. Most notably, his other brother David is the head coach of McKenzie’s district rival Huntingdon Fillies.

All four of the coaches earned district championships this year with their respective teams.

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