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March 25, 2013

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Nash leads Borden to state championship

INDIANAPOLIS — When Doc Nash arrived, Borden had a history filled with great players and strong teams.

What the program didn’t have was championships.

As Nash recalls, athletic director Toby Cheatham and principal Lisa Nale believed in him from the start. The way Nash remembers it, his administration’s faith in him never wavered, despite only having a junior varsity coaching background at Austin and a rough first season that included a 2-5 start.

Nash’s first Braves’ team eventually finished 11-10 in 2006-07. Just a year later, Nash led Borden to its first sectional title — then its first regional crown — in school history.

Since then, sectional titles have become routine. Four in the past six years, to be exact.

Cheatham’s and Nale’s faith was clearly rewarded — even before this 2013 magical post-season run.

Just as Borden was completing its first state championship in school history, its fans seemed insistent in changing the name of the town.

“This is Nashville! This is Nashville!” the Braves’ fans chanted.

Nash didn’t just win. He won with class.

With nine seconds remaining in Saturday’s triumph, Nash called a timeout. Indianapolis Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep tweeted that Nash called the timeout to remind his team that there was a team on the floor that would be dejected after coming so close then failing to winning the state championship.

“As great as we’re feeling right now, there’s another team over there that’s hurting,” Nash recalled telling his team. “That very easily could have been us. I just wanted them to handle it with class and shake hands.”

As much as the Borden administration believed in him, Nash showed the same faith in his players.

“He always tells us he believes in us,” Borden senior Jalen McCoy said.

The following exclusive interview was conducted by News and Tribune sports editor Greg Mengelt minutes after the game and prior to Nash’s press conference.

It is Nash’s immediate reaction to his and his team’s state title.

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