Coalfield Names Wright as Next Girls Basketball Coach

On Monday, Coalfield High named Josh Wright as the next Head Coach of the Lady Jackets basketball team.

Wright is a 1999 Coalfield graduate and a member of the 1998 State Championship baseball team. Wright played all three sports at Coalfield and won numerous awards.

Wright becomes the 10th girls coach since 1970.

Coach Wright has coached as an assistant in football for both Coalfield Middle School and High School and has coached AAU for several years.

Coach Ronnie Wilson talks with his players just before a game. Photo by Cathy Bird

Wright will replace Coach Ronnie Wilson who stepped down at the end of the season after coaching the past four seasons. Wilson was the former Morgan County Schools Director as well. Wilson coached boys’ basketball in 1990-91 and 2002-07. Wilson led the Coalfield girls to a Region 2A Championship and sectional berth in 2022 with a record of 25-7. He also won a District boys championship in 1991. He retires with 147 career victories (62 with girls and 85 with boys).

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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