On Wednesday, April 27, DCHS Athletic Director Bradley Fowler announced that Will Anglin would become the next head coach of the Lady Tigers basketball team.
Anglin has been a fixture at the school for many years, in both a teaching and coaching capacity. A 2013 graduate of DCHS and former member of the boys basketball team, Anglin has served in a variety of roles, including as current head boys golf coach and assistant boys basketball coach for the past four seasons.
“It means everything to me,” Anglin said. “This has been a dream of mine since I graduated from Dawson in 2013. Now, having the opportunity to pour back into a program that did so much for me is incredible. Dawson women's basketball has a rich history of success and I am honored to be a part of it.”
For Anglin, his journey to a head coaching position at his alma mater is a culmination of his dedication to DCHS.
Beginning his coaching career at the young age of 16, Anglin has taken that responsibility to heart, joining the DCHS boys basketball staff as a community coach in 2014 and spending three years in that role.
He has also become highly regarded as a teacher, beginning his classroom journey in 2018 after graduating from the University of North Georgia with a degree in Secondary Education Mathematics. He has twice been named Best Teacher at the Best of Dawson awards.
“We are super excited to have coach Anglin lead our women’s basketball program,” Fowler said. “He has a great plan and I cannot wait for him to get started.”
The Lady Tigers are coming off a successful 2021-22 campaign, putting together a 17-11 overall record and earning their first state playoff berth in three years.
Anglin will be heading into a season of potential for the Lady Tigers, who return all but one player from last season’s roster and will be adding freshman players who are coming off a Mountain League championship under coach Natosha Berry.
While his experiences playing and coaching under successful head coaches will be a part of his development leading the team to success, he also has a much broader plan to root the team within the community.
“I want to establish a family-like culture where the players and coaches feel like they are a part of something bigger than themselves,” Anglin said. “This community has always been extremely supportive of the basketball programs and I want to embrace that. Starting in the rec departments, I want the kids and coaches to know that they are a part of our program.”
That long-term, ground-level approach is only fitting for a man who has displayed his service to the area for many years.
Next year, Anglin will continue in his position as head boys golf coach and will enter his fifth year as a mathematics teacher.
His message to next season’s Lady Tigers roster is one that places an emphasis on his own commitment to the group and the personal growth of the team.
“I want every player to know that I care about them and I will fight for them,” Anglin said. “At the end of the day, our success will not be defined by a scoreboard. We want to equip our kids with the tools to be successful in the real world and in the next stages of their lives.”