Daniel Boone turned over its girls basketball program to Hauldren on Friday. The 30-year-old Hauldren has been a boys assistant coach at Daniel Boone for six years and an assistant football coach for five years.
He said moving over to the girls’ side should not be a problem.
“I decided a while back I didn’t want to be a boys basketball coach or a girls basketball coach,” said Hauldren. “I just want to be a basketball coach. I believe coaching basketball is coaching basketball. I’m passionate about it and excited to have the opportunity, no doubt.”
Hauldren, who replaces Travis Mains at Boone, was a standout player at Sullivan South. He graduated in 2006 after scoring over 1,000 points in his career.
He inherits a program that reached the TSSAA Class AAA tournament for the first time in school history this past season.
“This program has been great for over a decade,” Hauldren said. “I understand the tradition and pressure with this program and how big it is around here.
“Travis did a great job with them. They understand fundamental basketball. We’re going to do some different things, but they know how to play basketball.”
Despite heavy graduation losses, Hauldren said he has plenty of good players returning.
“The cupboard is not bare,” he said. “There’s a great bunch of girls coming back. It’s good to have Bayleigh (Carmichel), Jaycie (Jenkins) and Jaden Clark on your side for your first head coaching experience.”
Boone athletic director Danny Good said Hauldren beat out a field of good candidates.
“We interviewed six candidates,” Good said. “We Skyped with a guy from Mississippi and a lady from North Carolina. We tried to expand out and see what was there. But we feel strongly he’s the right fit. He has put in the time and deserves the opportunity.”