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Springfield hoops hires new coach

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Micah Rochester

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield High School has hired Micah Rochester as its new boys basketball coach. Rochester comes to the Yellow Jackets from Loretto High School where he compiled a 106-101 over eight years as the school's basketball coach. His teams won Region Championships in 2015 and 2016 and made it to the semifinals of the Class-A State Tournament in 2015.

This will be Rochester's 18th year as a coach and 11th year as a head coach.

"I've taken over a lot of programs that needed rebuilding," Rochester said. "I'm very excited to join a program that has already been established."

Rochester replaces former coach Daryl Travis who stepped down in late April. Travis is now the coach at Portland High School.

Last season, Springfield went 23-7 and lost in the region 5-AAA tournament to Mt. Juliet.

Yellow Jacket Athletic Director Dustin Wilson said he believes Rochester is a great fit for Springfield.

"The first thing his daughter asked was where the basketball court was, so he and his family are both really bought in," Wilson said. "He's young and has a lot of high energy and I think he'll be a good fit here."

Rochester was relieved of his duties at Loretto in January with six games remaining in the season. At the time, Rochester told the Times-Daily newspaper in Florence, Ala. that he wasn't sure why the school made the change.

"I don't know what to tell you, why it all happened," Rochester told the paper. "I respect the powers that be. That's their choice. I wish them the best of luck."

According to the paper, Loretto school officials refused to discuss the reasons behind the change.

Rochester said he is looking forward to a new start in Springfield.

"Everyone so far has been really great," he said. "When I went into the interview, I was told how much the administration supports the coaches, and that's very important to me considering all that just happened. So, I'm definitely looking forward to that."

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