Rigsby named new head boys' coach at Siegel


Matt Rigsby is right where he wants to be.

He has been since becoming the assistant Siegel boys’ basketball coach four years ago.

Rigsby will now make the 18-inch transition to the head coach’s chair as he was named the Stars’ head coach on Friday.

He replaces Dyron Birdwell, who recently left Siegel to take the head job at Oakland High School.

“I’ve been here for the last four years. The opportunity itself means the world to me because if there is one place I want to be it’s Siegel High School,” Rigsby said. “I’ve developed some great friendships from 8 to 3 every day, and it’s truly great.

“The older you get, at least in my journey, the more (relationships) mean to you. Winning a state is paramount, but you start to prioritize things that are important.

Rigsby spent nine seasons as the head coach at Cannon County.

“I wasn’t necessarily looking to be a head coach again, but I got the itch,” he said. “I was an assistant at Siegel and that would have fine because I love it here. But when it came open, I owed it to myself and family to pursue it.”

Despite losing a starting five starters that led the Stars to the TSSAA state tournament this season, Rigsby expects an easy transition.

“I think it gives me a leg up on getting into the transition in that I already know these kids,” Rigsby said. “We’ll be young; we graduated nine this year. But coaching is coaching and teaching is teaching, and that’s what they’ll get from me. We’ll put out a good product on the floor and it will be seen over time. That’s what you’ll see and that’s what you need.”