Hemingway named Duluth boys basketball head coach

Jonathan Hemingway was named Duluth's head boys basketball coach after Shane Strickland resigned on Monday.

The 29-year-old Hemingway takes over a Wildcats program that was 5-19 last season and will lose all five of their starters.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity and challenge," Hemingway said. "I'm looking to build off what coach Strickland has done in the past and take it to the next level."

Hemingway has taught at Duluth the last four year's and has been the assistant basketball coach the last three.

Prior to coming to Duluth, Hemingway taught at Friendship Christian School in Lebanon, Tenn., where he was the girls head coach. In his only season as a head coach, Hemingway took Friendship Christian to the Elite Eight with a 27-9 record.

"He's a been a coach before and was very successful in Tennessee." Athletic Director Denny Lytle said. "He's familiar with the students athletes at Duluth, so it's a perfect fit."

Hemingway was promoted to head coach after the resignation of Strickland on Monday.

Strickland, a 1990 South Gwinnett grad, chose to step down to pursue other interests outside of coaching and teaching.

Strickland has coached in Gwinnett County for 10 years, five at Shiloh and five at Duluth. The last three seasons he was the Wildcats' head coach where he compiled a 22-55 record.

"He's got a good understanding of where we're at as a program and he has a good relationship with the kids," Strickland said of Hemingway. "He's a great X's and O's guy, we're just in a tough region, but he's ready for the challenge."