A press release sent out by Whitley County Schools Friday afternoon said the following:
Sean Pigman, a two decade coaching veteran, will take over the reigns of Lady Colonel Basketball after leading his former team, Collins High School, to their first ever Sweet Sixteen appearance this past March. Whitley County Schools Superintendent John Siler said of the hire, “We identified Coach Pigman early in the hiring process as someone with the experience and work ethic necessary to be successful. We have full confidence that he will have our team competing for region titles.”
Coach Pigman comes to Whitley County after a successful four year stint at Martha Layne Collins High School in Shelbyville, leading the Titans to an 8th Region Title this past season. He has also been the head coach at Logan County High School and was the chief assistant at Mercer County, contributing to a 12th Region Title there as well. Overall, Pigman has spent close to twenty years in high school coaching. He has been on the bench for over 420 wins, two regional championships, two region runner-up titles, eleven district championship titles, and eight district runner up titles.
Whitley County Principal Bob Lawson said, “We are ecstatic to welcome Coach Sean Pigman and his wife Michelle to the Colonel Family. Coach Pigman and Ms. Michelle value hard work, determination, and are committed to investing in the lives of young people. At the beginning of this process, it was clear to see that both Coach Pigman and Ms. Michelle will embody Colonel PRIDE. I look forward to seeing our coaches and players work to become champions.”
Coach Pigman went to Harrodsburg High School and graduated from Brescia University and Western Kentucky University. He has led both high school and middle school programs and was also the athletic director at Mercer County. On accepting the position at Whitley County, Coach Pigman said, “I have heard nothing but good things about the school and the area. The pride in the school and community is evident. The support shown by the people of the community shows how they care about the kids, schools, and sports programs. The leadership in place at the school and at the board office is leading Whitley County in a great direction! The tradition of Whitley County Girls Basketball program is remarkable! Winning the state championship was done in 1985 and it can be done again! We have to learn to expect that winning tradition. I look forward to being a part of Whitley County going to Rupp Arena.”
On his style of play, Coach Pigman said, “I love to play up tempo, shoot the three, and score points. I like being aggressive and attacking on both offense and defense. This style of play is much more fun to play and watch. We will be in shape and be a physical team. I know, and my players will learn, that to win a regional championship you must play in the half court. A team must be able to win games that are physical. I understand that sometimes the tougher teams win. Bottom line is – I don’t have anything set in stone. As far as style, I believe in adapting to your players’ strengths, as well as your opponents’ weaknesses; that will be the job for my staff and me to figure out.”
Coach Pigman met with his team Friday afternoon and will be present at the meet and greet in the Whitley County High School Cafeteria Friday night at 5:00 PM.