Starkville hires Wilbanks to replace retiring Williams

Mar. 7—Starkville has a new girls basketball coach.

The school announced Thursday that Matt Wilbanks has been hired to replace Kristie Williams, who is retiring after leading the Yellow Jackets for 20 years. She led Starkville to two state championships, in 2017 and 2018.

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