Elkin High School has named a new women’s varsity basketball coach for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. Starting this fall, Coach Brent Poplin will take over as the head coach. The position opened up for Poplin after former head coach, Derek Carter, resigned so he could spend more time with his church youth groups, according to Athletic Director Tony Duncan.
“The Elkin principal and I made the decision (to hire Poplin) about three weeks ago. Coach Poplin has a tremendous attitude and brings a lot of enthusiasm to the program,” said Duncan. “I’m confident that he can continue to build a good program like Coach Carter did. They both come from the same mold so we knew Poplin would be a great fit for the program.”
Poplin is a graduate from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in recreation management. Poplin, 28, attended East Wilkes High School and is a former college basketball player at Emory and Henry College. He has six years of coaching experience, including stops at East Wilkes High School, East Wilkes Middle School and Central Davidson, as well as spending last season with the JV boys team at Elkin.
Poplin is no stranger to coaching a women’s basketball program. He was an assistant to Coach Billy Brown at East Wilkes High School for three seasons, and was also the head coach for the seventh-grade girls team at East Wilkes Middle School for one season. When Poplin knew he was taking over as the head coach, Carter gave him a piece of advice about how to handle the upcoming season and everything that comes with being a new coach to an already successful varsity team.
“One point that Coach Carter emphasized was how great of a group there was coming back for this season, and that’s number one on the list of things you like to hear about a basketball team,” said Poplin. “The coach-ability of a player is important for high school coaches, as well as college coaches who look in our area each year to recruit our student-athletes.”
Poplin is eager to get into the gym and start prepping for the upcoming season. He has several returning players from last year’s team who he is relying on to step up when the time comes.
“I am looking forward to getting the season started more than anything,” said Poplin. “We have been in the gym for a week now and we are planning on going to a team camp later this month. Seeing all the hard work from the players this summer will hopefully transition to success this year.”
Poplin is no stranger to the high school, he is entering his third year of teaching business classes at Elkin High School. He also assists with Future Business Leaders of America and the Student Council. He is a resident of Ronda, with his wife Tiffany, and their 2-month-old son, Maverick.
“Basketball has always been my passion ever since my father placed a ball in my hands,” said Poplin. “It has always been a dream of mine to coach a varsity team some day, and now that the dream has been realized I am more than eager to get on the court and see what the future holds.”
Kristian Russell can be reached at 336.258.4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.