Heading into his first season as the DCHS girls basketball head coach, Will Anglin has worked to fill out his staff. Over the past month, he chose four individuals with deep Dawson County roots to help bring forth his vision for the Lady Tigers.
As announced on the team’s official Instagram page, the first coach hired was current Riverview Elementary teacher Nichole Green.
Graduating from DCHS in the year 2000, Green would play college basketball for Oglethorpe University before becoming a teacher for two years in DeKalb County.
While on the east side, Green was part of the coaching staff at St. Pius X Catholic High School which won a GHSA State championship in 2006.
Later that year, Green returned to Dawsonville to continue her teaching career. She would spend the next decade coaching 7th and 8th-grade basketball before taking a break from coaching.
“Nichole brings a veteran mindset with a youthful spirit to our program,” Anglin said. “Nichole was able to play college ball and has state championship experience as a coach. That experience is unmatched, and we are lucky to have her.”
Also added to the staff was 2018 DCHS graduate Calli Watson, who recently finished up a dual degree at the University of North Georgia.
Watson currently holds the DCHS single-game record for most made three-point shots and was named the North Georgia Sports Link Player of the Year as a senior.
Before being hired full-time on Anglin’s staff, Watson took time out of her college schedule to volunteer as a community coach for the Lady Tigers for the past two years.
“She's a young, energetic coach that will be a tremendous asset to our program,” Anglin said. “She has been loyal to our schedule for the last few years as a community coach, and it was vital for me to help find her a job.”
She will also be beginning her first year as a teacher, joining the staff at Black’s Mill Elementary as a Kindergarten and 1st-grade Focus teacher.
Two individuals will be kept on from the previous staff, including Anglin’s wife, Carly, who finished her DCHS career in 2013 as the third all-time leading scorer for the Lady Tigers.
Anglin has been on the coaching staff since 2018 but will be tasked with new responsibilities next season, as she was named head coach of the 8th-grade team and will oversee all basketball operations.
“Working with your wife is a unique opportunity that I won't take for granted,” Will Anglin said. “As a coach, she can relate with the players and give them realistic expectations about playing at the next level. She will be a huge blessing to our 8th-grade team. She understands what the kids need to succeed at the high school level because she has been there for four years.”
Also kept on staff is Natosha Beary, who has been successful as the Middle School basketball coach for the past nine years. In that time span, her teams have won five Mountian League Championships.
She will continue as the 7th-grade team coach next season and will also oversee the youth development programs.
“I was excited to keep Natosha on board,” Anglin said. “She does a great job connecting to the players, and they enjoy playing for her. I'm excited about working with her over the next several years.”