By Michael Wottreng
Former Carson-Newman standout point guard Ashley Kyle has been appointed a new assistant by head coach Mike Mincey. Kyle started for the Eagles from 2007-2010 garnering 1,136 points and 486 assists leading Carson-Newman to an overall record of 79-42.
Kyle participated in two NCAA tournaments highlighted by her senior campaign where Carson-Newman started the year 16-0 and was ranked as high as No. 8 nationally. The Eagles finished that year 24-7 and made it to the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament. Kyle finished her career with 486 assists which stands fourth on the program’s all-time list. She was also named All-Conference two times.
“Bringing Ashley back was a no brainer,” Mincey said of the hire. “After coach [Michael] Potts decided he needed to step away to watch his daughter Jenna, who is a freshman at Milligan this year, we had an opening and Ashley approached me about the opportunity. I was fortunate to coach Ashley for two years while I was an assistant here so she knows what I want and I look forward to her hopefully rubbing some of the fire she had as a player off on some of our current players.”
Kyle will be replacing Potts who had been with the Carson-Newman program for seven years.
Kyle played locally at Jefferson County High School for Potts. She led her team to two district titles and two region runner-ups. Kyle was a three-time All-District selection, a two-time All-Region performer and a McDonald’s All-American nominee. She had over 1,400 career points and 429 career assists.