ASSISTANT COACHES such as…….
These men on our staff work for peanuts. The pay is short and the hours are long. Guy Strang, who played college ball at Maine in the 1960s, got his CDL and drives the team bus and keeps our stats.
Rick Chidester, who affectionately calls himself the assistant to the assistant’s assistant, doesn’t even work for peanuts. He works for free. Rick, in addition to coaching, is our equipment manager and is responsible for all the video taping of games. He most likely washed and dried more clothes this winter than octo-mom.
THE SCORER’S TABLE
Really staying out of sight are the people at the official scorer’s table. The Swenos, Eric and Kerry, keep our clock and book. If you don’t think these people are hard to find, then try and replace them. They are dependable and very proficient at what they do.
Jason Strickland, the PA Voice of the Wildcats, also did a wonderful job for us this year. Jason was replacing the legendary Gary Siegmund, who took a break from the mic this year.
The good people of Trigg County that contributed to the many fundraising efforts throughout the year allow us to do so many things for our kids. We attend summer camps and purchase things to enhance our program that would not be possible without the generosity of the community.
I have mentioned it before, so it goes without saying we host one of the most well-run tournaments in the state, the Kentucky Machine & Engineering Christmas Classic. This happens because of the support of Mr. Chappel Allen and the hard work of many people.
Carmen Finley and her volunteers, who serve as team hosts, really add to our tournament. Volunteers such as the multi-talented Barbie Mitchell make things happen and get things done.
Justin McGill, Scott Brown and Joe Wilson do many little things for us at times besides just reporting on our games.
It really helps when there are administrators who value extra-curricular activities and realize how important they are to the overall educational experience. I have found that most of the administrators that really value extra-curricular activities are the ones that had good experiences in them their selves. We are fortunate to have some who do so. It doesn’t matter if it is band, basketball or archery. These activities can impact students in a very positive way. Thanks to Mr. Cummins, Gloyd, Ladd and Perrin for their support.
Wendy Ahart, Jennifer Walker and Felisa Lander all come to mind when this category is mentioned. They do a lot of behind-the-scenes things to assist all of our school programs. Wendy is like some kind of an unofficial assistant athletic director with all she does.
This group of ladies gives a lot during a basketball season. Their role is truly unsung.
What would a program be without its consistent super fans? We are lucky to have our core few such as Jerry, Lacy Ray, Goose, Burton, Donna, Leon, Carolyn, LaDonna, Dennis and others.
As you see, the Most Valuable People are just as important to a basketball program as the Most Valuable Player.
See you next week.
OT: I am sure to have left someone off the list.
Double OT: For example, I left Jimmy Moore out of last week’s article on state tournament regulars.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.