Genette Pulley has been named Interim Head Coach for Blue Lights College Men’s Basketball program. Coach Pharr announced to President Gilbert in April, his intent to relocate to the Baltimore - Washington Metropolitan area for family opportunities. His assignment will end with the Thoroughbreds officially on June 1, 2021.
Coach Pulley, known as "Coach G" to many, has served as Associate Head Coach for the program since 2019. Coach Pulley brings 16 years of coaching experience and leadership to the Thoroughbreds. Coach Pulley was a high school basketball standout at Fike High School in Wilson, North Carolina where she was a Three -time All Conference and All-Area selection. She received an athletic scholarship to attend University of South Carolina Aiken. "I believe Coach Pulley has the vision, focus, and discipline to move our program forward at this time with the departure of Coach Pharr", said BLC President Jacques K. Gilbert. "Coach G’s assignment to this role allows our program and school to illuminate the pillars of our existence and values to ensure all people have the opportunity to thrive and contribute to bridging the gap between community and police while building life skills for our student athletes."
Coach Pulley stated, "I have been coaching and training for 16 years on all levels. I'm excited to continue my next chapter with Blue Lights College. I'm looking forward to what's in store for our school, athletic program and how I can help impact our community.”
Coach Mario Pharr presented a statement about the assignment of Pulley. "I want to congratulate Coach Genette Pulley on becoming the next coach at Blue Lights! She is well equipped to continue to progress the program and I’m beyond excited for her and the organization. I know she’ll take it to new heights."
Returning basketball starter Denzel Jacobson stated, "Coach Pulley has tremendous basketball experience and sees the game on another level, said returning starter, Denzel Jacobson. "I have been around basketball since I was four years of age. Her knowledge of the game is evident and I believe she possess the skills and abilities to take our program to a new level. My teammates are excited about Coach Pulley being head coach."
Coach Pulley was born in Rochester, NY and spent most of her life in Wilson, NC. Gennette is married to Adrienne and mother of three children.
The Thoroughbreds are already out of the gate, in full stride heading into next season, returning nine players to the roster.