Ensworth hires former WKU coach Taylor Cowles

Ensworth hires former WKU coach Taylor Cowles


Ensworth hires former WKU coach Taylor Cowles


Former Western Kentucky coach Mary Taylor Cowles has been hired as the head girls basketball coach at Ensworth School.

Former Western Kentucky coach Mary Taylor Cowles has been hired as the head girls basketball coach at Ensworth School.

Mary Taylor Cowles, who spent 10 seasons as head women’s basketball coach at Western Kentucky, has been named girls coach at Ensworth School.

“It’s just the love of the game and working with young people,” said Cowles, who most recently served as principal of alternative schools for Warren County Public Schools. “It was just a really good fit, good time and a great opportunity for me.”

Cowles, who compiled a 199-119 record with the Lady Toppers from 2002-12, also served as an assistant coach at South Warren (Ky.) High, the school her daughter Caroline attended.

“I just wanted to be on the sidelines helping, and that was very, very enjoyable,” Cowles said. “My husband made the comment, you are happiest when you are in the gym around kids, and he’s right. That’s my passion.”

Cowles, the Lady Tigers’ third head coach since 2013, replaces Cleve Harris, who has accepted a coaching position at Ensworth Middle School.

“Mary’s coaching success at the Division I level, her commitment to her children and their academics, and her impeccable reputation made her the ideal candidate for this position,” Ensworth athletic director Ricky Bowers said in a statement.

Hopkins commits to Belmont: Fayetteville High basketball player Nick Hopkins, a rising senior, has verbally committed to play basketball at Belmont University

“It’s a relief not having to worry about the recruiting process,” said Hopkins, a 5-foot-11 point guard who also had scholarship offers from Samford, Furman and Tennessee Tech. “I can just focus on basketball, having fun and going all out on the court my senior year.”

Hopkins, a third-team All-Midstate selection a season ago, averaged 22.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.0 steals per game in 2014-15, helping lead Fayetteville to a 23-5 record and a second consecutive trip to the Region 5-A tournament.

Dodson, Cortner commit: A pair of Midstate football standouts — Centennial’s Tyrel Dodson and East Nashville’s DeVarius Cortner — recently gave verbal commitments to Division I teams.

Dodson, a first-team All-Midstate linebacker a season ago, committed to Texas A&M, while Cortner, a standout defensive back, pledged with the United States Naval Academy.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Dodson, the reigning District 11-AAA defensive MVP, registered 74 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles as a junior in 2014, helping lead the Cougars to a 10-3 record and a Class 6A quarterfinal appearance. He is a four-star prospect and ranked the No. 8 player in the state by 247Sports.

Cortner, a two-star prospect and the state’s 52nd-ranked player, recorded a team-leading four interceptions in 2014, helping lead a stingy East Nashville defense that allowed just 11.6 points per contest.

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