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Nethery announced as new Lady Colonel coach

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By Sam Draut

Oldham County announced Chris Nethery as the head coach of the Lady Colonels’ basketball team Thursday May 31. Nethery, who coached as an assistant at Gallatin County for the past two seasons after a long tenure as Eminence’s head coach, takes over for Chris Jefferson, who directed the Lady Colonel program for two years.

“It is a great opportunity,” Nethery said. “It is super exciting.”

After coaching boys basketball for his entire career, Nethery transitions to girls side.  He takes over a program that is set to return the entirety of its roster from a team that went 22-8 and reached the semi-finals of the Eighth Region tournament in 2018, the first time Oldham County surpassed 20 wins since 2001.

“I have never been in a situation were I have had all of this much returning,” Nethery said. “I have usually been in rebuilding mode when I took a new job.”

Personnel will determine the best style of play for the Lady Colonels, Nethery said, but he believes the team will be able to play fast after watching film from last season.

“We can play man-to-man, press a little bit. The team is deep enough to do that from the tape I watched,” Nethery said.

Nethery, who’s wife works at Oldham County and frequently spoke highly of the school to him, plans to meet with the team Friday.

Sophia Head (12.8 points), Alexis Head (10.7 points) and Madison Clark (9.3 points) were Oldham County’s leading scorers last season.

Nethery asked other coaches if they thought he would transition well to the girls game, all of them said they believed he would have no problem with it.

“I am excited to be there, it is a different challenge,” Nethery said. 

Nethery played basketball at Eminence in the 1990s before spending a six-year coaching span at Berea and Gallatin County as an assistant. He was the head coach of Eminence from 2008 to 2015.