MISS is chatting with coach Todd Kimble. Kimble graduated high school from East Holmes Academy. He then graduated from Holmes Community College. He was inducted into the Holmes CC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. He then received his BS from Delta State University; where he played for coach Steve Rives.
He got his start in coaching at Manchester Academy. He coached varsity girls and boys for five years. While at Manchester his boys won the AAA state championship in 1997, AAA state runner up in 1996, AA state championship in 1995, a third place finish in AA during the 1994 season, AAA south state championship in 1997, AA south state championships in 1993,1994,1995, as well as district championships in 1993, 1994, and 1997. His girls won a AA south state championship and district championship in 1996.
Kimble left Manchester to lead Holmes CC to three MACJC Championships in 12 years. He left coaching and worked for two years in administration at Holmes. He left Holmes and coached football, basketball, and track for three years in the Forest County School District. Next he moved to Purvis High School. He served as head boy's coach for two seasons. He lead Purvis to its first playoff appearance in 23 years in his second season. He has been at Petal High School the last three seasons. The Panthers have advance to the Sweet 16 twice and the Elite eight this past season. All of these accomplishments are first for Petal.
We asked coach to give us some of the players that helped make his tenure at Manchester a success. He said that all his success is because of the work and sacrifice of all of his players. Kimble did say that Joseph Nickles and David Adams played for him at Holmes. Nickles went on to play at Delta State. Laura Coleman and Emily Parks were players on his girls team that he felt made a strong contribution to the Maverick's success. Coleman is in the Holmes CC Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kimble stated that when he coached in the MAIS he spent more time on the basic fundamentals. He had to teach each player exactly how he wanted them to play. He said he did this out of necessity; some of the players at Manchester lacked the physical ability basketball IQ. He also ran more offensive and defensive sets. He felt that MAIS coaches changed from game to game. This made him prepare for everything. Since leaving the MAIS he has prepared the same way but he feels like he knew what was coming next most of the time in JUCO and the MHSAA. He described MAIS games as a chess match; MHSAA games are like a boxing match.
I first coached against coach Kimble my last year at Humphreys. That would be the 1992-93 basketball season. If I remember right my girls lucked up that night. We played in the 1996 AA south state tournament when I was at Centreville. Coach played a 1-1-3 that was the toughest defense I have ever encountered. I was asking coach Doyle Wolverton, from Leake, about the defense. We were sitting on the first row of the visiting bleachers at Brookhaven. He said coach it is tough; it will be like nothing you have seen before. He also said when they are shooting free throws they are going to x. I said ok. He said coach you don't understand when Coleman comes down she comes down hard. A minute into the game my best defender fouls Parks. On her second free throw Parks comes down hard. My best post player, Kate Lindsey, had a shoulder that would pop out of place. Coleman knocked it out of place. A minute into the game my best defender has a foul and best post player's shoulder is out of socket. It didn't get much better. Coach's first year he had a kid his last name was McGraw. He looked like Boris Becker. He was one of the best athletes in this association that I have seen.
Coach Kimble ended by saying he has three more years until he reaches state retirement; and that he hope to spend it coaching basketball. MISS would like to thank coach Kimblle; and wish him good luck next seson.