Former fierce rival now coaches Eaglettes

Sunday, May 14, 2017
New Shelbyville Central Eaglette basketball head coach Jordyn Hartsfield met with the team on Thursday afternoon. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson

Over the past several years a couple of former Shelbyville Golden Eaglettes have become the head girls basketball coach at Shelbyville Central.

You can add a former opponent to that list now.

Jordyn Hartsfield was named head coach Monday and met with the team for the first time Thursday afternoon.

Former opponent

Hartsfield, the former Jordyn Luffman, was a standout at Lawrence County from 2006-2010, leading the Lady Wildcats to the district championship her senior year. She was also a Class 3A Miss Basketball finalist her senior season.

“I am so excited about this opportunity,” Hartsfield said. “The Shelbyville Eaglette basketball program has had a lot of success over the years and I think it’s a great program. I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

It’s amazing how the path of life can take someone down a direction one would never imagine.

Throughout her high school years, Hartsfield played in a lot of District 8AAA games against Shelbyville Central. She admitted at that time she never dreamed that someday she would become the head coach of the Eaglettes.

New Shelbyville Central basketball coach Jordyn Luffman Hartsfield (left), as a player for Lawrence County, guarding Eaglette Hannah Dawson in 2008. (T-G File Photo by Gary Johnson)

‘I’m all in’

“Playing in this district in high school I know a lot about it and I’ve kept up with this district over the years. When I played, Lawrence County and Shelbyville were the two top rivals in the district and we played a lot of close games,” Hartsfield said. “I know how this community supports this program and I assured the team when I met with them that I’m all in.”

After high school, she went on to play a year at Middle Tennessee State University before transferring to Belmont University to close out her stellar playing career.

Hartsfield recently received her master’s degree in physical education, health and wellness from Tennessee Tech University.

She was an assistant basketball coach at Smyrna High School this past year.

Hard-playing hustle

“Smyrna played Shelbyville twice in the regular season and again in the region tournament this past season so I know a lot about this team and how hard they play. That’s one of the reason I was interested in this coaching positing.” Hartsfield said. “That’s the style of basketball I want this team to continue to play. We will hustle and play hard on defense and on offense I want to get up and down the court fast and shoot the 3-point shot well.”

“We are pleased to have Jordyn as our girls basketball head coach. We feel like she is a perfect fit for this program and can take over where former coach Kim Dye left off,” Central athletic director Dee McCullough said. “She was an outstanding player both in high school and college and we feel she has a great coaching career in front of her as well.”

Years of changes

Hartsfield is the third head coach the incoming senior class has had in the past four years and replaces Kim Dye, who recently resigned after leading the Eaglettes to the District 8AAA championship and a berth in the region tournament this past season.

She is married to Kit Hartsfield, a football coach and defensive coordinator at Blackman High School. They have a 2-month-old daughter, Oakleigh.