Wayne Harre, longtime Hornets Girls Basketball Coach and former Hornets athletic director, has been tapped to lead the NCHS Boys Basketball team.
By Brent Huelsmann
A few weeks after a loss in the Sectional Final to Alton Marquette, the Nashville Hornets basketball program was looking for a new coach. Brad Weathers, retired from coaching on April 20, leaving the Hornets without a coach, and on May 24, the Hornets found their man.
Longtime NCHS girls basketball coach, and former NCHS Athletic Director Wayne Harre was tabbed as the next coach of the Nashville Hornets. Harre resigned from his Athletic Director position on April 14.
The Hornets will have a coach who has had a lot of experience on the bench. Harre was the NCHS girls basketball coach for 15 seasons, winning 15 conference championships, and 15 regional titles. Harre was elected to the IBCA Hall of Fame in early May. Harre’s most recent coaching position was as the Freshmen boys basketball coach this season for the Hornets.
While Harre applied and ultimately got the job, it was far from certain whether he would apply. “I didn’t know if I was going to do it or not. To be honest with you, I was going back and forth. Probably wasn’t going to do it. Brad (Weathers) sat down and talked to me and said why don’t you give it a shot. You know that maybe changed my mind a little bit, I went home thought about it, talked to Cheryl about it, talked to the family, and said yeah let’s see if it will work out, so that’s what we’re going to do.”
Harre went on to say he has a lot of experience on the bench, he’s apprehensive about his new endeavor. “Am I apprehensive about it, yeah. I’m apprehensive about trying to follow Brad and Darin (Lee). You’re talking about two big time high school coaches. You always wonder if you can keep the program going in the right direction, you don’t know. We’ll see what happens. I’ve got three good assistants with me. They’re three head coaches, they’re as good as I am, so I feel pretty comfortable with that. Am I excited, yeah you have to be a little excited about it, but there also, the situation is you’re coaching basketball in your hometown so that’s good and bad let’s be honest with you, again we’ll see what happens.”
Harre was one five candidates that applied for the job, and one of two interviews that were conducted according to NCHS Athletic Director Alicia Heggemeier. Heggemeier stated about the hire. “I know that Wayne will bring the ultimate Hornet tradition to the program. His knowledge of the game has been proven time and time again as the winningest coach in Hornette basketball history. As part of the NCHS coaching family already, he knows the high expectations of the Hornet program.”
Harre said he still has a lot to learn when it comes to the boys game. The girls game is a little bit different than the boys game, with how fast it is and the strength of the players but everything is kind of relative. Will it be a learning experience for me, yeah. I try to learn every time I go out there. I can learn from a grade school coach, a high school coach, a college coach, a pro coach, I have to learn too. It will take some time, and I’ll work hard at it I know that. I don’t think anyone will outwork our staff, but it doesn’t hurt being around basketball that long.”
Harre was the freshmen coach last season, but did not work a lot with the varsity squad. the girls game is a little bit different than the boys game, with how fast it is and the strength of the players but everything is kind of relative. Will it be a learning experience for me, yeah. I try to learn every time I go out there. I can learn from a grade school coach, a high school coach, a college coach, a pro coach, I have to learn too. It will take some time, and I’ll work hard at it I know that. I don’t think anyone will outwork our staff, but it doesn’t hurt being around basketball that long.”
Harre takes over a squad that went 20-13 last season, and graduated four starters from a team that won their Regional this past season. Nashville has had 31 consecutive winning seasons.