Excited and grateful describe Georgetown College women’s basketball’s newest assistant Lexxus Graham. Coach James Jackson announced his hire Thursday afternoon. Graham will join the staff, replacing Kylee Gorby who has taken the head coaching position at Spalding University.
“I’ve been so excited in this whole process,” Graham said. “I know I keep using that word, but it’s just the perfect definition to be able to step up my career into the collegiate level of coaching. This is definitely fulfillment of a dream.
“I’m thankful to Coach Jackson for the opportunity and to my dad who has helped me get to where I am – first as a player and now as a coach.”
Graham is no stranger to Kentucky basketball or the Mid-South Conference. She dominated the hardwood as a guard for George Rogers Clark. The Lady Cardinals were 119-67 in her six seasons on the varsity team with several KHSAA Girls’ Sweet Sixteen appearances. She even hit a record seven threes in one state game. From there she signed and played for Campbellsville University, helping the Lady Tigers to a 118-25 mark in her four years.
While she hung up her sneakers, she was not ready to hang up the game. Graham took on the role of assistant coach at GRC.
“To coach side by side with my dad the past two seasons has made me ready for this opportunity,” Graham said. “He pushed me hard as a player, and these past two seasons being on the other side, yelling with him helped me build me to achieve my dreams of coaching at the college level.”
The Lady Cardinals have posted a 47-21 record in the past two seasons, winning both the district and region titles each year. She has kept an eye on Georgetown College and when the position came open, she knew it was time to test the waters.
“I’ve been in contact with Coach Jackson many times before,” Graham said. “When I saw the job open up, I was excited. I knew I was going to reach out or he would reach out to me.
“I’ve played against some of the players still at Georgetown and coached some of the others, so I feel we have good pieces to the puzzle and am excited to see it all come together.”
Along with her competitive nature, her eye on spotting talent and developing it in the right way was attractive as an assistant for Jackson.
“I’ve had the good fortune of knowing Lexxus and her family for a long time. She is a wonderful person with high character and will be a great mentor for our team,” he said. “That is always the first draw when hiring a new assistant, and I’ve been lucky to have that in Kylee, and now continuing with Lexxus.
“On the floor, simply put, Lexxus is a career winner. She played in two Sweet 16’s at GRC, coached in one another, and had a hugely successful playing career at Campbellsville. She is a winner, a competitor, and an even better person; traits we are continuously trying to foster at GC.”