Lumpkin names Faulkner, Wright as new basketball coaches

On Friday, Lumpkin County officially named the new head basketball coaches for both the girls (Tess Wright) and boys (Chris Faulkner). After David Dowse resigned from Lumpkin following his team’s State Runner-Up finish, the school moved quickly to fill the role. Meanwhile, coach Michael Parker resigned following the boys team.


Taking over the boys team is Chris Faulkner, a former head coach at the University of North Georgia. Faulkner is a Lumpkin alum himself, and was a star player for the Indians. He then coached at UNG for 16 seasons from 2003-19, earning 7 conference titles. Faulkner is all Lumpkin County, as he played collegiately at UNG before coaching there.


Tess Wright enters her first run as a head coach. She arrives from Calhoun, where she was the assistant coach for the girls team and also was a head tennis coach. Wright played at Calhoun before going to play college ball at Thomas University and Reinhardt, then went back to her alma mater to coach.

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