APSU alum Babington new Nolensville hoops coach

The Nolensville boys basketball team is turning to a former Austin Peay State University standout to lead its program going forward.

Todd Babington was named the Knights’ new head coach on Monday, taking over for John Stigall, who left the school earlier this month. Babington was an assistant under Stigall last season and was the girls head coach at Springfield for four seasons before joining Nolensville.

"I am eager to lead young athletes in the community, and I am excited to bring a team-first mentality, enthusiasm, and competitive style of coaching to the Nolensville Knights," Babington said in a release.

The 34-year-old Babington was a solid player in his first three years at Austin Peay before coming into his own during his senior season in 2008. That year, he averaged 11.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game while shooting 38.2 percent from 3-point range.

He helped lead the Govs to back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference championships in 2007-08, was named OVC tournament MVP in 2008, and helped lead APSU to its first NCAA Tournament since 2003. He returned to APSU in 2009 as a graduate assistant while he worked toward his master’s degree.

Babington served as an assistant coach for the Sycamore girls basketball team in 2014 before moving onto the girls head coaching job at Springfield until November 2019 when he left to join the Nolensville staff. He led Springfield to its first winning season in 20 years. 

"I am pleased to announce that Todd Babington is the new head coach of our Nolensville Knights boys basketball team," Nolensville principal Bill Harlin said in a release. "He has proven to have a great basketball mind, a tremendous work ethic, and a commitment to build a great program in the Nolensville community. 

"He provides our program with continuity since he served as our assistant basketball coach last year, but he will put his stamp on the program with his own style of coaching. We look forward to a great future with coach Babington."

Babington is the third boys basketball coach in Nolensville history, joining Wes Lambert and Stigall.

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