Joshua Nix will be the Lumberjack's basketball coach this fall. He was the valedictorian of his 2007 graduating class at Sparkman High School. He earned a B.S.E. in physical education from Henderson State University with a minor in math. He led Emerson to the state tournament four out of his first five years of coaching. He was the conference coach of the year in 2014-15 and 2015-2016 and teacher of the year at Emerson in 2014-15. He taught 8th grade math, geometry, algebraic connections, physical education and health. He was the head boys basketball, track, and tennis coach at Emerson. Nix coached the junior boys to an undefeated conference and district championship season in 2011 and 2012. He coached the senior boys team to a conference and district runner up 2011-2012, coached the senior boys team to the state tournament in 2012-13, coached senior boys to state tournament quarterfinals 2013-14, coached senior boys to conference-district-and regional championships 2014-15, 2015-2016, coached senior boys to 1A State Finals Runner Up 2014-15, and coached senior boys to 1A state finals runner up 2015-16.
Coach Nix says his objective is " ... to help the student athletes become not only great basketball players but great citizens as well."
Jae Kell has been hired to coach the Lady Jacks basketball team. She is a graduate of Arkansas Tech in Russellville where she played basketball for four years and was named to the All-Conference All Academic Team in 2013-14. She obtained a degree in health and physical education. She taught in Tech's summer girls basketball camps. She student taught at Russellville High School and Dover Elementary School. Coach Kell is the past Jr. High head girls basketball coach in Nettleton.
Coach Kell is certified in K-12 health and physical education, middle level math, science, and social studies.