Hatton makes a change at the head basketball coach position

Justin Henley coaches for the West Morgan Rebels during the Northwest Regional tournament at Wallace State this past season 

Even in a pandemic, sports never stop and that was all the more true Friday morning.

In a somewhat surprising move, Hatton made a change at their head boys basketball coach. Justin Henley, who spent the past two seasons as the head basketball coach at West Morgan High School, has been tapped as the new basketball coach to lead the Hornets.

The hire was made official at the Lawrence County Board of Education meeting that was held Friday morning.

“I feel like Coach Henley is one of the top basketball coaches in all of North Alabama,” said Hatton Principal Anthony Inman. “Justin is a graduate of Hatton and I’m very proud that he will be joining our staff here at Hatton High School.”

Hatton will be moving on from head coach Tanner Tesney, who spent the last two seasons as head coach. Tesney had a successful two-year stint at Hatton, bringing much needed stability to a program that desperately needed direction. In his first season he led the Hornets to 10 wins and last season led them to their first winning season in a decade.

“Coach Tesney is a great guy and a great coach and we thank him for the time he spent as our basketball coach,” Inman said. “We just felt that we needed to move in a new direction.”

Henley went 35-22 in his two seasons as head coach at West Morgan. This past season he led the Rebels to the Class 4A Area 13 Championship and to the Northwest Regional tournament at Wallace State for the first time since 2016.

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