Earlier this week, a former Princetonian returned to a familiar position.
D.G. Sherrill, Class of 1987 at Caldwell County High School, was again named the boys basketball coach of the Bowling Green High School Purples — a station he last held in 2017, when he helped lead BGHS to the program’s first-ever state title behind the efforts of 2020 OVC Player of the Year and Austin Peay star Terry Taylor, and current Marshall County soon-to-be senior star point guard Zion Harmon.
Of his 25 years of experience in coaching, 18 of it has come as lead skipper, and the final 12 were in Bowling Green, where he compiled a 307-92 record with seven District 14 titles, six Region 4 titles, three Final Four appearances, one state runner-up finish, and — of course — the biggest trophy of all, capping his first stint.
“I probably never got out of it mentally,” Sherrill told the Bowling Green Daily News’ Jared MacDonald in a phone interview. “I’ve been out for the last three years, and I think if you talked to all of my guys and buddies that have been coaching basketball, they would probably tell you I’ve remained a coach throughout this process.
“When the position became available again, I think it was something I kind of had to think about and talk to my family about, because it’s one of those situations where, if you’re a coach, you want to make sure you get it out of your system when you’re done. I probably thought I was done. I didn’t think this opportunity would come back around to me.
“But here it is, so I’ve got to take advantage of it and make the most of it.”
Sherrill resigned in June 2017 to take an administrative role within BGISD, with Derrick Clubb taking the vacant coaching spot.
Clubb went 75-25 and added three more 14th District title trophies to the case, but the Purples fell to Warren Central in three-straight trips to the Fourth Regional final.
The Purples, 26-8 in 2019-20, return their entire starting squad for next season — led by Isaiah Mason’s 16.1 points per game.