Meet the Coach:
Shelby High Schools
before I knew I was a coach. Without the blessing of
the Lord, none of this would be possible. He’s my rock.
Only reason I’m in this profession is because of Him.”
3. Tell us about the most memorable game you’ve ever
coached. Who was it against, what was at stake and why
is it your favorite?
“Oh my, I have so many. Let me go back to 2009.
We were No. 2, Humboldt was No. 1 and undefeated
and we played them in the first round of the state
tournament, and what’s so memorable, when my
wife and I were driving up to the game, I told her, I
don’t care who we play against, we’re going to win.
We lose, we go back home. In my mind, it was like,
let’s play against the best team and get them out
of the way. Their coach said you’ll see how good we
are when we beat Manassas. And we beat them.”
4. Please name three things which you consider vital
to the long-term health and success of your program.
Why those three?
“You don’t win by a score, you win by applying
lessons to be successful in life. That would be No. 1.
No. 2 would be faith in the process and each other.
And No. 3 would be discipline and hard work.”
5. Beyond the game, what is your favorite part of the
week’s preparation? Why?
“Let me tell you, we just prepare doing the things
we do. When I played at Manassas, my coach, the late
Charles Thompson, he said let your opponent worry
about you, don’t you worry about your opponent. I
don’t scout my opponents. Preparing for a game—we
do what we do, and what we want to do, and we
have multiple things in place we might want to go
to during the game. Coach Anthony does a great job
in the game-planning. I stopped game-planning four
or five years ago. We just try to prepare them based
on the talent we have.”
18 2019-20 Shelby County High Schools Basketball Yearbook