Former Siegel High and MTSU basketball standout Kerry Hammonds II has been named the new boys coach at Providence Christian Academy.
Hammonds spent the last four years at MTSU -- two as a graduate assistant coach and the last two as the program's director of operations.
He replaces Michael Couey, who coached the Lions this past season.
"I'm very excited and ready to get going," Hammonds said. "The things that drew me to PCA, especially after talking to (Head of School) Dr. (William) Mott), the principal Andy Sheets and (athletic director) Tara (James), our visions really aligned.
"I met the students and it's really an inviting place to be a part of. The resources and the visions of the athletic program are there in play. It's an opportunity to build a program from the ground up."
Hammonds always envisioned coaching at the private school level, and PCA provides the perfect fit, he said.
"I always thought private school would be for me," he said. "It actually happened sooner than I thought. The PCA job was open and I did some research, and it's been kind of a whirlwind and it happened within a week. It seems like God's plan for us to meet each other and for me to get this position."
James will stay on at MTSU through July 1 and will run the men's basketball summer camps and "groom" his replacement.
"I want to make it as smooth as transition as possible," he said.
James said she was elated to find a coach of Hammonds' caliber.
"He's pumped and looking forward to having his own program," James said. "He's a local guy who has been at the high school level and college level. He's hungry and driven to have his own team and program. He'll be a faculty member as well.
"I think he's a going to be a guy that comes in and stays and builds a program. He chose MTSU over Alabama when he was being recruited in college because he loves home. It only makes sense that he'll coach where he grew up."
While at MTSU, Hammonds scored 869 points during his career and ranks in the top in 3-pointer made (135) and games played (121). He earned a bachelor's degree in business education in 2011 and master's in sports management in 2016.