Nick Cann and Shawn Ransom, the newest high school girls' basketball coaches in Lexington, have already been in the gym with their players this summer getting accustomed to being in charge.
Cann takes over at Lexington Christian Academy. He succeeds Jason Seamands, who resigned after seven years, including a Sweet Sixteen championship in 2007.
Ransom is the new coach at Bryan Station. He replaces Donna Murphy, who stepped down after two seasons.
Ransom, 35, has been a boys' assistant for 10 years, with stops at Bourbon County, Lafayette, Bryan Station and Paris, his alma mater.
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He's taught at Bryan Station for six years, so even though he's new to girls' hoops, he knows the Defenders' players.
"Basketball is basketball, and coaching is my passion," Ransom said. "I'm ready for the challenge."
Ransom prefers an up-tempo style fueled by pressure defense. "We'll use a lot of the athleticism with the girls at Bryan Station to create a little chaos," he said.
Having worked under Daniel Brown, Brandon Salsman and Mike Flynn at Bourbon County, Greg Coldiron at Lafayette, and Mike Allen at Bryan Station, Ransom said he will "take everything I learned from all my steps up the ladder and try to build something special here."
Cann, 28, has been a girls' assistant for five years under Tony Kays at Anderson County, interrupted by one season at Lexington Catholic.
Cann, an Anderson County graduate, was with the Bearcats last season when they reached the finals of the Girls' Sweet Sixteen before losing to undefeated Marion County.
Cann's sister Makenzie is a standout player at Anderson County.
Cann coached Makenzie's summer ball team, and one of her teammates and friends was Katelin Bundy, who plays for LCA.
Cann said David Bundy, Katelin's dad, encouraged him to talk to LCA about the coaching position.
He did, and he wound up getting the job.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity," Cann said. "They have a good group of kids there who've learned under Coach Seamands. I'll try to build on that."
Cann will continue to teach at Anderson County.
"I did the commute when I coached at Lexington Catholic that one year. LCA was very open to it, and Anderson County is really supportive, too."