Adam Sonn has hit the ground running as he aims to restore Goodpasture Christian School to a program capable of playing for a state championship.
The former Donelson Christian School, Belmont University and professional standout took over as the Cougars boys basketball coach April 12 and has noticed an eagerness in his team’s first two weeks of practice.
“There’s an excitement there,” Sonn, 32, said after one of his workouts last week. “And you can see an eagerness by guys to get better, to improve.
“I have a high expectation for our team at a school like this which has so much tradition, leadership and fan support. Expectation for success should always be very high at Goodpasture. Basketball should always be good here.”
Goodpasture and several other Nashville area teams kick off their schedule with some Hall of Fame games (two quarters each) this week. Goodpasture plays Tuesday at Nashville Christian School, then Thursday against Maplewood.
The strength of Sonn’s team figures to pay greater dividends when the regular season starts and the games last the full four quarters.
“We have a very deep team,” Sonn said. “We have three seniors and seven juniors who all play. So we have a nice substitution pattern where we can sub five in and five out. I don’t know if we’ll keep it that way the entire season. But I couldn’t ask for a better situation.
“Everyone seems to be playing for each other.”
The last time Goodpasture got to the state tournament was 2006, when the Keith Edwards-coached team reached the Class AA semifinals but lost to eventual runner-up Mitchell.
Sonn spent the last four seasons as coach at University School of Nashville and took that team to the Division II state tournament three times. Twice, the Tigers were runners-up, including last season when they lost to DCA in the championship game and finished 25-7. He also took part in the state tournament as a player, in 1998 when he was a Mr. Basketball winner.
The move to Goodpasture reunited him with his old teacher Joey Spann, who coaches the girls basketball team.
“He was my Bible class teacher at Ezell-Harding middle school, and I’m glad to be around him again,” Sonn said. “He’s a great man and a great coach.”
Six years away from the state tournament is certainly a long enough wait for Goodpasture, but that is something Sonn doesn’t talk about.
“We don’t talk about specific things,” he said. “But our goal is always to be playing in March.”
Hall of Fame games
(Two quarters each)
Goodpasture at Nashville Christian School
Cane Ridge at Station Camp
Hunters Lane at East Nashville
Glencliff at Battle Ground Academy
White House at Whites Creek
Hillwood at St. Cecilia
Overton at LaVergne
Hume-Fogg at Franklin Road Academy
Pearl-Cohn at West Creek
Hillsboro at University School of Nashville
Antioch at Brentwood Academy
Christ Presbyterian Academy at Cane Ridge
Goodpasture at Maplewood
Lipscomb Academy at Ezell-Harding
Mt. Juliet at Overton
Nashville Central Christian at Ensworth
Stratford at Greenbrier
Light House Christian at Whites Creek
Hunters Lane at Ravenwood
East Nashville at Creek Wood
Brentwood High at Christ Presbyterian Academy
Glencliff at DeKalb County
Hillsboro at Riverdale