SAVANNAH, GA, 4/28/22 – The Habersham School has named Gardner Pippin its new Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach. Former head coach, Tony Scott, elected to step down from the position after the 2021-22 season to spend more time with his family, but will remain at the school as a teacher.
“We are so very thankful for Coach Scott and appreciate all he has given to our boys and to our school these last two years, building our program and leading us to back-to-back region championships and final four appearances,” said Habersham Athletic Director, Susan Barry. “We are also thrilled that he will be remaining at Habersham as he is a beloved member of our community! That said, I believe Gardner Pippen is the right person to take the reins from Coach Scott and continue to grow and lead our boys program for years to come. He loves the sport, is a true student of the game and will give all he can to his players so that they can be all they can be on and off the court.”
The son of a former collegiate basketball player, Pippin has been around the game of basketball his entire life. He credits his dad with teaching him to not only love the game, but to play and to eventually coach. Pippin played basketball competitively for fifteen years, concluding with four years at Greenbrier High School in Augusta, GA. As a coach, he focuses on defense, rebounding, and hustle because, in his words, “they make the difference in a ball game.”
“I am grateful and honored to be given the opportunity to coach these boys,” said Pippin. “I’m looking forward to continuing to develop a program that produces godly and gifted young men on and off the basketball court. I’m thankful for the work of Coach Scott in building a successful program. Because of the foundation he has laid, we can continue to build rather than rebuild. We’re going to work hard and have some fun pursuing excellence on and off the basketball court. Go Pats!”
Habersham has had great success under Coach Scott with back-to-back region championships, back-to-back final four appearances, back-to-back undefeated region play, and four all-state players in the past two years. “My two seasons as the head varsity boys coach have been nothing short of amazing,” said Scott. “I am extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish and am grateful for the guys that I was able to coach! After meeting and speaking with Coach Pippin, I believe that he will continue to guide this program in a way that honors the Lord and builds competitors. I challenged him to lead & love them well and I get the feeling he will!”
Pippin will hit the ground running, preparing for workouts and camp with the team this summer. Additionally, his three children Milton, Madelyn Mae, and Canon Cook will be enrolling at the school next year. “My wife Hilary and I are beyond excited and cannot wait to join the Habersham community,” added Pippin. In his day job, Pippin is the Worship Pastor at Community Bible Church which has given him the opportunity to build relationships with some Habersham students and families and will allow for a natural transition to the role. Welcome, Coach Pippin!