published Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Mindy Kiser to coach Cleveland High School Lady Raiders

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Mindy Kiser was named Cleveland High School girls' basketball coach Monday.

Kiser spent the last eight seasons as the lead assistant to Lee University women's coach Marty Rowe. The Lady Flames compiled a 196-46 record the last seven years, reaching the NAIA national tournament all seven times.

At Cleveland she replaces Rachel Moore, who in 12 seasons recorded 297 victories, six region championships and four Class AAA state tournament appearances, twice reaching the final four.

Kiser thanked new Cleveland City Schools superintendent Dr. Martin Ringstaff, Cleveland principal Autumn O'Bryan and athletic director Mike Collier.

"My family and I are extremely excited about this new journey and look forward to being a part of an outstanding school and athletic department," Kiser said in a news release. "I'm excited about being a part of the rich tradition of Lady Raider basketball."

She and her husband, Kelly, have a 5-year-old son, Kade.

Kiser, who played collegiately at Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville, inherits a team that finished 15-14 last season with no juniors or seniors. With everybody returning, Cleveland is expected to be one of the top two or three teams in District 5-AAA in the 2011-12 season.

"We are excited about Mindy taking over our girls' basketball program," Collier said. "She did a great job at Lee University, and we are confident that she will do the same for us."

O'Bryan, a former softball standout and coach at Lee, said Kiser "knows excellence in athletics ... as the top assistant for a nationally ranked program. Mindy will build on the strong foundation that has been laid by former coach Rachel Moore."

Contact Gene Henley at ghenley@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6311. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/gh3sports.

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