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Johnson: Burkey arrives in Shelbyville

Friday, June 3, 2005

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New Shelbyville girls basketball coach Lynn Burkey speaks to the Eaglettes.
Coach Lynn Burkey now has a day under his belt at the helm of the Shelbyville Golden Eaglette basketball program.

That first day proved very eventful.

I had an opportunity to talk with Burkey late Thursday night and we discussed his first day on the job.

Burkey left Greeneville early Thursday morning, but not before packing a few things from his office he may need before his official move.

It's been a very busy week for the new coach and he's really excited about getting moved and settled in. Burkey's Greeneville house is on the market and has already been shown.

Burkey arrived in Shelbyville around noon and met with SCHS principal Don Embry. He then had the opportunity to meet several staff members and later join Eagle basketball coach Kevin Thomas for a conversation and walk on the track.

Next on Burkey's agenda were talks with Eaglette assistant coach Labora McCroskey and then Ray Rich who, along with Coach Mac, kept tabs on the team while former coach Rick Insell was going through the interview process at Middle Tennessee State University.

By then it was nearing 2 p.m., when Burkey had his first official meeting with the Eaglettes. All of the high school players were on hand along with a number from middle school. Burkey mentioned that a number of people from the community asked if they could hang around; he welcomed them with open arms.

Burkey and the Eaglettes talked about what he expected and his vision of the future: a goal of winning the state tournament year in and year out. He told them that he knew it would be difficult but, nonetheless, that would be their goal.

From that point, the Eaglettes went through their first workout with Burkey. He said this initial workout was more of an evaluation and a chance to get to know the players and their abilities on the court.

The Eaglettes will be hosting a camp for approximately 20 area teams next week and did some things late in the session to prepare.

After the workout Burkey visited Insell at MTSU. They toured the facilities and he commented on how unbelievable the new women's basketball locker room was.

Burkey capped off the evening with a lot of basketball talk and a steak dinner in Murfreesboro with Insell.

With the events over the past few weeks, it's a wonder the two had anything to talk about!

Gary Johnson is a Times-Gazette sports writer.

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