Pontotoc assistant taking over at Hickory Flat

By Tim Tutor/Pontotoc Progress

Hickory Flat High School has offered Pontotoc High assistant basketball coach Michael Seger the job of leading the school’s boys basketball program … he has accepted.

The 2A Hickory Flat Rebels ended their year this past season in the North Half playoffs.

“They have a nice core of young players coming back,” said the 25-year-old Seger, while mentioning the fact that Hickory Flat is a basketball school where you don’t have to compete with football.

“They’re a bunch of young kids who I hear are very eager to learn and get opportunities to play.

“We’re going to go up there and work hard and see what happens.”

Coach Seger was a student teacher at Pontotoc Junior High during the 2006-2007 school year when he began helping PHS head coach Jon Ginn.

“In those three-plus years, he has had a tremendous impact on our young people through our basketball program and in the classroom, too. We’re losing a great coach,” Ginn said.

“The Godly influence he has had on the boys, in general, is the biggest thing that will be missed.

“He is always enthusiastic and brings a passion to the game, while loving the kids and loving the Lord.

“We will certainly miss all those attributes.”

While in high school at Ingomar, where he played under Falcon head coach Norris Ashley, Seger began coaching a volunteer basketball team sanctioned by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). He has coached an AAU team the last five years.

“He’s been a head coach in that since and he has run our freshman program here at Pontotoc the last two years of the three he’s been here,” Ginn added.

“I definitely think he will do a great job. He’s well prepared. He has good basketball knowledge and good instincts on what to do during a game.

“He did a great job for me, helping me out on the bench. I think you can look for big things out of Hickory Flat in the years to come.”

Seger, along with teaching a couple of classes a day at Hickory Flat, will be in charge of the boys varsity and junior high basketball teams.

Coach Seger’s wife Kelly Pickens Seger, a teacher at Hickory Flat, aided the word-of-mouth process that the school was interested in her husband applying for the vacant basketball position.

“I applied and was interviewed by Robert Merritt (Hickory Flat principal), and then offered the job,” Coach Seger said.

On Wednesday, April 14, about a month after his interview, the local school board approved his hiring.