December 5, 2020

New AD heads long list of changes in HHS athletics

(Franklin) – Heard High School athletes will notice a lot of leadership changes when they head back to school in August. Changes will start at the top where Shane Lasseter will take over the athletic director’s job from the retiring Joel Rogers.

Rogers held the position for the last 12 years and during that time Brave athletics changed in a lot of ways including the addition of new sports and many state of the art facilities.

Shane Lasseter is taking over as new HHS Athletic Driector. He is pictured above with his wife, Nickie and their two sons, Major (L) and Max (R).

Shane Lasseter is taking over as new HHS Athletic Director. He is pictured above with his wife Nickie and their two sons, Major (L) and Max (R).

Lasseter is excited about the new position and hopes to continue to build HHS sports towards the future. “Joel has done a great job and I just hope to continue to improve on all things he has established. We are fortunate to have a great coaching staff and solid programs all around,” said Lasseter.

One of Lasseter’s first big moves as athletic director came during the last few days as he announced to his baseball team that he would be stepping down as head coach in order to make way for a new hire.

Carrollton native Trent Bianco has been signed on as the new head baseball coach. Bianco comes to the Braves after four years as an assistant with the Carrollton Trojans.

“We saw a chance to improve our program by hiring Bianco and we did not want to pass up an opportunity to hire him. We are very excited to welcome him to our program,” stated Lasseter Thursday evening in a phone interview. Lasseter will continue to be an assistant football coach.

Bianco will also serve as an assistant softball coach and will replace Brian Hadley in the math department. Hadley was recently named the new assistant principal at Heard County Middle School and will step down from his varsity coaching duties.

A familiar face will take on Hadley’s football coaching spot as well as the head varsity wrestling coach job. Kyle Yates, a 2007 graduate of HHS, will take over as varsity wrestling coach after the departure of head coach Justin Ransom. Ransom took a new job at Mountain Brook High School in the Birmingham, Alabama area. Yates will be teaching in the Special Education department.

In track and field, head boy’s track coach Thomas Sickman will step down and will be replaced by Phillip Manning. Manning, in his second year at HHS, will continue to coach varsity boy’s basketball. Sickman will continue to coach the cross-country team.

Another new hire is Ryan Duffey. Duffey will teach in the special education department and be a new assistant baseball coach under Bianco. Amanda Pike will return to duties as head cheerleading coach replacing Jennifer Jones. Jones recently resigned as HHS counselor.

It looks to be an exciting sports year coming up at HHS especially in the fall as both the football and softball teams are expected to make a lot of noise at the state level. 

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