It might seem like a bad pun, but East Coweta High School must feel like it converted a slam dunk with the hiring of new girls’ basketball coach Quacy Barnes-Timmons.
Barnes-Timmons brings an impressive resume to the Class 7A program that includes a playing career at Indiana University and in the WNBA as well as a long coaching career at the college level.
She was drafted by the Sacramento Monarchs and also played with the Seattle Storm and Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA.
“It’s really great to have somebody who has made it to the top of their profession come coach our girls basketball team,” said East Coweta athletic director Hap Hines.
The Lady Indians’ new basketball coach also spent more than a decade making coaching stops at the college ranks.
After serving as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Columbus State, Barnes-Timmons also served as an assistant coach at her alma mater Indiana, Austin -Peay, Eastern Illinois and Indiana State. She was head coach at Tuskegee.
Barnes-Timmons hopes to continue the groundwork laid out by former coach Karen Frady who guided the Lady Indians to the playoffs last year.
She also knows about the history of the program including former coach Paula Jones' success. Jones, who is in the Coweta County Sports Hall of Fame, led the Lady Indians to the state championship game in 2004.
The hiring process started when East Coweta Assistant Principal Ahmand Tinker came across Barnes-Timmons resume and knew she would be a good fit to coach the girls’ basketball team.
Barnes-Timmons biggest supporter could be boys basketball coach Royal Maxwell, who has changed the culture of his program.
In four years at the helm of the Indians, Maxwell has turned the boys team from a squad that struggled to win games, into a state power.
Last season, the Indians finished with the best record in school history after posting a 24-4 record.
They also finished ranked in the top five in the Class 7A poll.
“Coach Frady did a great job getting the girls to the playoffs last year and coach Barnes-Timmons has something to build. Basketball has definitely changed at EC. There is a lot of excitement built around the sport,” Maxwell said. "We want to see that excitement with the girls program too."
Barnes-Timmons looks forward to teaching the game to high school players.
“I gave to college athletics for 17 years,” she said. “Now, I look forward to giving to your girls. I truly love the idea of pushing young women forward and basketball happens to be a great way to do it.”
The new coach is excited about being closer to home and looks forward to turning East Coweta into a playoff contender as it competes in Region 2-7A, one of the toughest girls’ basketball leagues in the state.
“My biggest challenge could be just making sure I am teaching the game,” she said. It’s a different pace from college athletics, but I am excited to get started."
Hines knows the future of girls basketball is bright with the new hire.
“We have a great family here,” Hines said. “We are going to lock arms and stick together. We have a lot of hard work to do, but we have great kids and great parents.”