By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

Ryan Sleeper has been named as the new head coach of the Trousdale County Yellow Jackets boys’ basketball team, effective as of last week.

Sleeper accepted the position on Friday and replaces Chip Sparkman, who resigned earlier this month to take a job at La Vergne High, where he will work as an ACT prep coach.

Ryan Sleeper is the new boys basketball coach at Trousdale County High School.

Sleeper is a 2003 graduate of Smith County, where he scored 1,492 career points over three seasons. He graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2013 and has been an assistant with the Yellow Jackets for the previous six seasons.

“This is something I’ve wanted a long time,” Sleeper said. “I feel like there is no one that cares about this program as much as I do. I can promise this: no one will work as hard and care as much as I do. I hope to make this community proud.

“I’m very grateful to Dr. (Clint) Satterfield, Mrs. (Teresa) Dickerson, Mr. (Ben) Johnson and the school board for the opportunity.”

“Mr. Sleeper has proven himself as both a classroom educator as well as a coach over the past years with us,” said Director of Schools Clint Satterfield. “We are most confident in his abilities to lead our young men. He has our full support.”

The new coach will try to continue reviving a Yellow Jacket basketball program that has just one winning season in the last 11 years. He is married to the former Chelsea Dickerson and resides in Hartsville with his wife and two children, Chance and Carter.