Shiloh names April girls hoops coach

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

John April hasn't coached girls basketball in four years, but the new Shiloh head coach welcomes the task of rebuilding the Generals' program.

April was named Shiloh's new head coach on April 25, replacing Dale Grant, who coached Shiloh the last eight seasons.

"I've had a lot of experience with building programs," April said. "I think that's one of the things they liked about me. I'm excited about being able to run my own program again."

April was an assistant on the Generals' football team last season, his first at the Snellville school. Prior to Shiloh, he was the athletic director at McNair High School in DeKalb County.

April moved to Georgia in 2007 after six seasons as a girls head basketball coach in Mississippi. He spent two years at Northwest Rankin and four at Lanier where he compiled a 75-32 career record.

April grew up in Mississippi, playing one year of football at Ole Miss. He transferred to Miles College (Ala.), where he finished his football career and earned his bachelor's degree in Social Science Education.

April inherits a team that was 3-22 last season and has reached the playoffs just once in the last four years.

"My thing is the chance to be able to put it all together and put the program in the right direction," April said. "The chance to build the program excites me."

Shiloh graduated four seniors off last year's team and has two starters back. The future does look bright with the eighth-grade team winning the county championship this season.

"I think it's a great situation for building," April said. "There's a great feeder program. I'm ready to get in and get started."

April is one of three new head coaches hired by Shiloh this year. He joins new softball coach Reggie Ingram, who will continue to coach the baseball program along with his new duties, and new football coach Brian Montgomery.