By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
She’ll always be known as Hannah Weatherly in Tupelo soccer lore. The new chapters she’ll write for the Lady Wave soccer program will be as Coach Kimbrough.
Hannah Kimbrough led Tupelo to three state soccer championships in her four seasons before graduating in 2006. After starting four seasons at Ole Miss, an All-SEC selection and leading scorer her senior year, she’s back to lead Tupelo, approved Tuesday as the new coach.
“I am absolutely thrilled about being able to represent Tupelo High School and being able to wear blue and gold again,” Kimbrough said. “I loved every minute of my high school experience.
“I tell every one of my friends and my husband all the time, those were the best four years of my life, soccer-wise and school wise and everything.”
Kimbrough replaces Shelley Miller, who stepped down earlier this year. She was a volunteer coach with Miller last season.
success as player
Tupelo won two state championships under Mark Enis, who coached Kimbrough during her freshman and sophomore seasons, before giving way to Miller, who led the team to another title with Kimbrough.
Enis said she made an immediate impact as a freshman on a team starting five freshmen.
“I can’t say enough about her as a player, but at the same time, as a person as well,” Enis said. “She was a team leader, just the energy she brought to each game and her soccer savvy. She’s just got it. She had it as a player and I can’t help but think she’ll do the same as a coach.”
Kimbrough is currently a kindergarten teacher at Thomas Street Elementary and will move to the high school. She has recently been an assistant for the girls’ Tupelo Futbol Club United u15 and head coach for Tupelo Futbol Club u14 girls for two years.
She remembers at age 16 telling a club coach that after college she wanted to move back to Tupelo, get married and coach high school soccer.
“This is definitely a dream of mine,” Kimbrough said. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do and just kind of waited for the opportunity. I’m very humbled I have this opportunity.”