Dobyns-Bennett High School Names Poore as Boys Head Basketball Coach

Published May 5, 2017 at 8:01 a.m. 

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Dobyns-Bennett High School has named Chris Poore as Boys Head Basketball Coach.  Prior to coming to D-B, Coach Poore has served as Head Coach at Jefferson County High School for the past six seasons.

While at Jefferson County, Poore compiled a record of 138-60, including three Inter Mountain Athletic Conference (IMAC) championships, two TSSAA District titles, and led his team to the TSSAA State Tournament in 2014.  While averaging 23 wins per season during his tenure at Jeff County, he was named IMAC Coach of the Year three times and was twice named Lakeway Region Coach of the Year.

“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to assume the role of Head Coach at Dobyns-Bennett,” said Poore.  “I look forward to rising to the challenge of leading this great program and feel honored to be entrusted with its success. It is a privilege to serve this program, school, and city. My family is eager to become a close part of the Kingsport community and we cannot wait to begin this journey.”

Coach Poore will be introduced to the media and Kingsport community on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. The press conference will take place in the Alumni Room on the 2nd floor of the Dobyns-Bennett Field House (1 Indian Court, Kingsport).

Poore’s playing and coaching career reflect a long history of success.  As a head coach, he led Jefferson County to their highest Associated Press state raking in school history, five straight District championship appearances, and qualified for the regional tournament six straight seasons.  His playing career included being named South Atlantic Conference First Team All-Conference and Scholar Athlete of the Year while at Tusculum College, as well as touring with the Harlem Globetrotters for two seasons as a member of the Washington Generals.

“We are thrilled to have Coach Poore lead our boys basketball program and look forward to this exciting next chapter in the long and storied history of D-B basketball,” said KCS Athletic Director Larry Shively.  “Coach Poore not only has a track record of developing and sustaining a successful basketball program, but has proven himself to be an individual that can build excitement and unity throughout our school and community.  His attention to culture, detail, and high expectations makes him uniquely suited to lead our program and we couldn’t be happier that he is our new head coach.”

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins Counties. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,500 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE).

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