Shelby Moore has a big task at hand, but one she's embracing.

The former Smyrna High School basketball standout was named the Lady Bulldogs new coach last week and will inherit a program that hasn't won a District 7-AAA game in two years.

"It's a big challenge, but being part of the program myself was very exciting," Moore said. "I was hired right before the dead period, so I'm just waiting for the dead period to be done and get started.

"I'm sure we will be practicing some, but most schools don't practice right now because it's AAU time."

Moore was most recently the head coach at West Wilson Middle School in Mt. Juliet. She also was an assistant coach at Siegel Middle and Rock Springs Middle.

She is a 2009 graduate of Smyrna and was on the last team to make the state tournament in 2008.

"I really don't know much about the team," Moore said. "I wasn't able to see them last week. I've seen some film and that's pretty much it."

Moore said her first goal is to develop and winning culture and "winning mentality."

"Right now with them being down so long, it's about getting the back the winning mentality," she said. "That's the main thing, along with bringing a great work ethic each day and making sure they work hard to get better every day."

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