Calling it “an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Adam Sonn has accepted the boys coaching job at Goodpasture Christian School.
Sonn, 32, who had been boys coach at University School of Nashville for the past four years, took the position at Goodpasture on Wednesday.
“I remember growing up reading the papers about [former star Cougar players] Drew Maddux and Ron Mercer and the wonderful tradition the school has,” Sonn said Thursday. “I’ve always thought very highly of the school.”
He replaces Jeff Bixenman who resigned after three years (9-18 the past season) to spend more time with administrative duties as principal of the middle school.
“They have been down the last couple of years, and when I was offered the job, I felt like it was an opportunity I had to look at and couldn’t pass up. We have a pretty sophomore laden team and I think the future is bright,” Sonn said.
Sonn was a 1998 Mr. Basketball winner at Donelson Christian Academy and later was a star at Belmont. He played professionally from 2004-07 for the old Nashville Rhythm ABA team, then in Europe.
Sonn took three of his four USN teams to the state tournament, including two to the finals (2010 and 2012). His 2011 team reached sectionals.
He had a four-year record of 88-26, including 25-7 in 2011-12.
“USN is an incredible place,” he said. “The academics are excellent, and the people are who I will miss the most. It was hard meeting with the team. I’m sure they will get the right person in there.”
• Hall Relays at MBA: Five of the six boys state champions or runners-up from last year will be competing in the 26th Doug Hall Relays, Friday and all day Saturday at the Montgomery Bell Academy track.
Those include the Brentwood Academy and MBA boys (DII), Stratford and Lipscomb (A/AA) and Brentwood High (AAA). Also, the two-time defending A/AA state champ M.L. King girls return.
Under Coach Brian Harrell, the Stratford boys won the school’s first state team title in history last May.
The MBA boys and BA girls won the Doug Hall Relays last year.
In all, there will be 20 boys and 20 girls teams competing, along with 10 freshman teams.
The meet starts 3 p.m. Friday with the pole vault and discus. The running events and most field events begin 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
A boys and girls MVP will be selected at the conclusion of the meet.
The distinctive format awards points in an all relays event, including the shuttle hurdle relays and distance medley relays.
• Hancock-Nipper winners: Nicole Bowers (Hillsboro), Christa Taylor (Overton), Emily Boyd and Brandon Cook (CPA) and Stephen Daniel (Hunters Lane) were winners of the annual A.D. Hancock-Walter Nipper sportsmanship awards presented Wednesday by the Nashville City Civitan Club at Swett’s Restaurant.
High school winners were awarded to those exhibiting the best sportsmanship off Nashville teams that won district championships.
College recipients were: Alyssa Visbeen and Scott Saunders (Belmont), Leah McAlister and Justin Glenn (Lipscomb), Tiffany Wynn and Darrell Miller (Fisk), Kim Haynes and Robert Covington (Tennessee State) Chelsey Taylor and Peyton Henry (Trevecca) and Jordan Coleman and Steve Tchiengang (Vanderbilt).
• Moss-Oliver nominees: The Moss-Oliver awards committee has announced the three boys and girls finalists who will be honored next week.
The finalists include Nick Drake of East Literature, Nathan Watkins of Ensworth and Samuel Smith of Hume-Fogg (boys); and Mallory Charpentier of Christ Presbyterian Academy, Christine Matthews of Franklin Road Academy and Kavonna Harris of Hunters Lane (girls).
The award, which recognizes a Nashville basketball player who excels in ability, sportsmanship, academics and community involvement, will be presented after an 11:30 a.m. luncheon next Wednesday at Swett’s Restaurant on Clifton Avenue.