Heritage Raids Rival Ringgold For Girls Basketball Coach


After coaching the Ringgold boys basketball team for 12 years, Greg Elkins is leaving to take the girls head coaching job at nearby Heritage. Elkins will replace Eddie Bryant at Heritage, who led the Lady Generals program for every season since the school opened in 2008. Elkins says making the move was a family decision.

Said Elkins:”Number one it’s a different challenge. Number two, I think having a daughter and knowing she’s going to be playing basketball played a big role in that. Coaches spend so much time away from home, especially during the season that if you can kind of spend time with your child and be on the job. It’s a win-win.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.