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Mixson new hoops coach

By Michael Butler

Tallassee has a new basketball coach. Keiven Mixson is taking over the varsity boys program at THS.

Mixson most recently worked at Highland Gardens in Montgomery. He has coached at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels.

His resume dates back to 1994 as an assistant coach at Faulkner State in his hometown of Bay Minette. He was also on the basketball staff at Faulkner in Montgomery, where he got to coach Chet Stewart. Stewart, a former hoops coach himself, is now the assistant principal at Tallassee High School.

“Chet was coming in when I was headed out. It seems like yesterday. Time flies,” said Mixson. 

Mixson was a star at Faulkner himself. He still owns the school record for three-point percentage and three-pointers made.

Mixson and his wife of 21 years, Lisa, have two children.

The new coach has already held tryouts and put a team in place for the upcoming season at Tallassee.

“There’s definitely a lot of talent,” he said. “The kids are wonderful and well-mannered. We’re going to be a senior-oriented team. I’m very encouraged.”

Mixson says for the Tigers to reach new highs they have to dream big.

“I was telling the kids the story of Jimmy Valvano, when he won the championship at N.C. State. I don’t think it’s coincidence that when he came (and) said, ‘I’m a dreamer. I have a vision. We’re going to win the national championship.’ I told them a story of how he would come in once a year and have a practice cutting down the nets. You’ve got to have a dream.

“We’re playing to win. We want to go to Troy and Birmingham. I’m not scared to talk about it. I want our players to have that mentality.”

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