DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — It’s the beginning of a new era for Northside Methodist boys basketball.
The Knights have hired a 15-year coaching veteran to take over the program.
Reggie Chapple brings plenty of college, AAU and high school coaching experience to Dothan.
He’ll take over a program that had only one win in their debut season in the Alabama High School Athletic Association last year.
Chapple says his first step is learning about Alabama basketball to help Northside with the transition from private play into the AHSAA.
“Ultimately our goal is to build a competitive program,” Chapple said. “It’s going to take some hard work. It’s definitely going to take dedication. It’s going to take some time as nothing great is built overnight, but just by building a better athlete and building a better person, as well those are things, that’s going to help us be successful.”
Athletic Director Mike Mordecai is optimistic Chapple can turn the program around.
“He’s got a track record in growing programs so we’re very hopeful that in the next few years our basketball program will take a big step forward,” Mordecai said.
From the get go, Chapple stuck out to the administration during the hiring process.
“He’s a very Godly man,” Mordecai said. “He integrates Christian beliefs into his coaching philosophy. He’s been at some small schools before and that fits right in with what we are here at Northside.”
When Chapple finally steps into the Knights’ locker room he knows the message he has for his team.
“Great character and great work ethic is what we’ll probably start with for this year,” Chapple said. “As time goes on those messages might change but our character and how we represent the school, that will never change. How we represent the Lord, that will never change. That will be the staple of our program.”
Chapple will be both courtside and in the classroom. He’ll teach bible for the Knights.
Coach Chapple will assume his teaching and coaching responsibilities when school starts in August.