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HS boys basketball coach frontrunner for KSU women's job

Kennesaw State is in the midst of finding a new head coach, after recently parting ways with Nitra Perry. Per multiple sources, one of the favorites for the job is Allatoona boys varsity coach Markus Hood.

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There are some things that are fascinating, then there are things that make you scratch your head. The latter is true in this case.

Recently, Kennesaw State fired Nitra Perry as head coach. Per multiple sources, a couple of frontrunners for the job are high school coaches, including a boy's basketball coach. Yes, that's correct: a boy's high school basketball coach is a favorite for the women's basketball job at Kennesaw State.

Allatoona's boys basketball coach Markus Hood is a frontrunner for the women's basketball job; sources tell Swish Appeal. Hood has been the Buccaneers' varsity coach for the past 8 years. Another person who seems to be at the front of Williams' list is a coach from the Division III ranks: Emory head coach Christy Thomaskutty.

Thomaskutty, who is in her 12th year at Emory, has an overall record of 172-156. The Eagles went 13-12 this year with a conference record of 4-10.

One source told Swish Appeal that another potential candidate is Georgia State's Sharon Baldwin-Tener. Baldwin-Tener, who played for the Owls before transferring to Georgia, has an overall record of 68-112 and 34-78 in conference after six seasons with the Panthers.

Recently Kennesaw State AD Vaughn Williams stated to the Marietta Daily Journal, that the main reason for Perry's firing was the lack of winning:

"Based on performance, we thought the program was not meeting some of the competitive expectations," Williams said. "We’re determined to have a winning culture here, and we’re determined to be the best we can be. That’s what it was — create that culture that bleeds success in all facets of the game. Not just one, but all facets."