Hoping to turn things around after three straight seasons of single-digit wins, Apollo has brought on someone with local ties in Ryne Tinsely to become their new boys basketball coach.
Tinsley said he found out about the job opportunity through the DCPS site and some friends at Burns Middle School, jumping at the opportunity to make an impact on young kids. After all, Ryne said that changing lives while teaching the game of basketball is why he coaches.
“I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be the new head coach at Apollo High School. This is truly my dream job,” Tinsley said.
This will be Tinsley’s first head coaching job, but he is no stranger to this side of the game. Along with being an assistant coach at numerous schools, he has been the head coach of the Griffin Elite—an AAU team that has been home to a number of local players.
“I have been an assistant in some role for eight years now,” Tinsley said. “I started under Ray Harper at WKU, Tony Hopper at Ohio Co and Paul Childress at LaRue Co among others. I have been in DCPS for three years now and have loved it here.”
Tinsley is excited to get to work with the Eagles, saying that Apollo basketball student athletes will be individuals that folks will admire in the classroom, on the floor and in the community. By installing a culture that helps players realize just how important Apollo basketball is to not only themselves, but the community as a whole, Ryne said that the Eagles can have a bright future ahead of them.
“The five pillars of success—humility, passion, unity, servanthood and thankfulness [will be our core values],” Tinsley said. “When we can buy into each other and that this is bigger than ourselves, we will have success in the future.”