Kelly Nye-Hinkson, Varsity Girls Head Coach

Coach Nye-Hinkson is entering her thirteenth season at South Paulding High School as Head Coach for the Girl's Varsity Basketball Program. The Spartans started as a new high school in 2006-2007 with freshmen and sophomore players. The girls finished the 2014-2015 season 19-10 with the most wins in school history and also advancing to the first round of state for the second time in school history.

Coach Nye-Hinkson started the Spartan Hoop Dream program on Sunday evenings Spring 2014 & Fall 2014 that reaches out to K-8th boys and girls who are interested in pursuing their dream of playing basketball.

SPHS joined a new region for the 2008-2009 seasons.  The girls finished with 10 wins in 2008-2009 and 14 wins in 2009-2010.  The girls basketball program had their first athlete sign a D-I scholarship to Winthrop University in 2008-2009.  Allison Lawrence became the first female and athlete to sign in SPHS school history.  In 2009-2010, three additional athletes signed college scholarship as Porsha Martin signed a D-II scholarship with University of South Carolina Aiken, Stormey Smith signed a JUCO scholarship with Daytona State and Meghan Brown signed a D-II scholarship with Young Harris.  In addition to the success in building the South Paulding High School basketball program from the ground floor, Coach Nye had two very successful years as the 8th grade Girl's Basketball coach at Herschel Jones Middle School, where the team went undefeated 14-0 in 2005 and a second place finish in 2006 with a record of 10-4.

In addition to her 15 years coaching experience with Paulding County Schools, Coach Nye has served on the staff of summer camps at Jacksonville State University and been a counselor for the National Top Ten Adidas Tournament of Champions and AAU travel team coach.  In addition to her basketball duties, Coach Nye is a Health, Personal Fitness, Weight training teacher and online instructor/monitor in the academic programs at South Paulding High School.

As a 2000 graduate of Brentwood High School in Brentwood, TN, Coach Nye earned an honors diploma and scored over 1,400 points in her high school basketball career and still holds the school career three point shooting record with 199 three-point shots made.  She completed her Bachelor of Education in Health and Physical Education and a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL.  During her first three years of teaching and coaching, she continued her studies and completed both a Master Degree and Education Specialist degree at Jacksonville State.  Coach Nye received a basketball scholarship to play for the Gamecocks of Jacksonville in 2000 - 2004, and she played in 112 consecutive games scoring a career high twice of 27 and still currently holds the career three point shooting record at Jacksonville State with 158 three-point shots made.  Nye was also a four-time All Academic record holder and was inducted into the Jacksonville State University's Scholar Academic Hall of Fame and received the Ohio Valley Conference Academic Medal of Honor.

Coach Nye met her husband, Lee Hinkson (a Physical Education Teacher and Coach at Carl Scoggins Middle School) at Jacksonville State University, where he was a student and left-handed pitcher for the Gamecock Baseball Team. They were married June 10, 2006 and both are enjoying teaching and coaching in Paulding County Schools. Coach Nye and her husband have three beautiful daughters, Kalee 9 yrs, Kenzie 8 yrs, Kierslee 5 yrs old, and their son Knox 3 yrs old.

Kristie Amritt

JV Girls Head Coach

Coach Amritt is entering her 12th year coaching girls basketball and 5th year coaching at South Paulding High School as Head Coach for Girl’s JV and Assistant Coach for Varsity. She also coached at South Paulding Middle School and started her own AAU team, Georgia Blast, before joining the Spartans. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Social Work and continued on to receive a Masters Degree in Special Education from Walden University. Coach Amritt is a special education teacher at Nebo Elementary and has been there for 13 years. Her passion is working with children in the classroom and on the court. She has three beautiful daughters, Katie-22, Forest , Korie-18, a freshman at GA State, Atlanta Kenzie 14, and a son, Jared-16. All of her children have played or playing basketball at South Paulding.


Mickey Skelton

JV Girls Assistant Coach and 9th Grade Coach

Coach Michael “Mickey” Skelton joined the SPHS family as a CTAE teacher in the school year of 2014-15 after retiring with 28 years of service in Public Safety. Coach Skelton is entering is 2nd year coaching at South Paulding High school as the Head 9th grade Girls Coach and Assistant Coach for Junior Varsity and Varsity. He graduated from Mercer University (1997) majoring in Business Administration while minoring in Criminal Justice. Coach Skelton also graduated from the New Teacher Institute (2015) at Valdosta State College. He enjoys working with the student athletes both in the classroom as well as on the court. Coach Skelton has worked in the past with Paulding County Schools serving as a Community Coach for Basketball and Softball. Since joining the Spartan family, he has been assistant coach with the boys tennis team (4 years) and served as the interim volleyball coach during the 2016-17 school while enjoying SPHS’s first State Tournament birth in Volleyball. Coach Skelton and Tammy, his wife, have been married for 36 years. They have four children and currently 6 grandchildren.