One of Malone’s own is returning to his roots.
Justin Bryan, a 2008 graduate of Malone High School, was hired as the Tigers’ new middle school and high school girls basketball coach.
In 2013-2014, Bryan was an assistant coach for the Malone boys basketball state championship squad.
Malone AD/boys basketball coach Steven Welch was proud to have Bryan back on board.
“He’s young and eager. He’ll for sure bring a lot of energy to the position,” Welch said. “He’s going to try to put his stamp on the program.”
The Malone varsity girls basketball team lost standouts Jakivia Hearns (forward) and Shalonda Curl (guard) to graduation but Welch is positive Bryan will keep the Tigers competitive this fall.
“He’s got a challenge ahead of himself but he’s looking forward to it and I’m sure he’ll do a good job,” Welch said.
As a senior on the Malone basketball team, Bryan averaged 7.1 points per game and made 26 3-pointers.
Bryan also excelled on the baseball field at Malone, as the team MVP of the Tigers’ back-to-back district titles as a junior and senior. Bryan was a pitcher, shortstop and catcher for the Tigers. During his senior year with the Tigers, Bryan batted .352 and belted four home runs. On the mound as a junior, Bryan (6-2 record) tossed 84 strikeouts with a 1.55 ERA.
Bryan played baseball collegiately for Jackson State Community College (TN), Stillman College (AL) and Union University (TN).