The names everyone can remember from that team are the ones that belong to the players. Names such as Anthony Mayes, Chris Sparks, Kris Alexander, John Cundiff, Lemar Northington, Johnston Boyd, Kelly Mayes, Chris Scott, Patrick Johnson, Gary Breckel, Landon Veitch, Jamie Radford and George Papadakis, the transfer student from Greece.
Names that are quickly forgotten are some of the most important people in the program. I am talking about the people that get things done behind the scenes, such as the team managers.
We were fortunate to have a couple of great managers that year. GG Moore and Alicia McNichols were the two young ladies that multi-tasked for us all year long. They washed uniforms, kept stats and filmed games for us. GG and Alicia also served as childcare providers for the young children of the coaching staff.
It can be easy to lose touch with someone that was a big part of your life 13 years ago. That makes it all the more special when those folks make the effort to get back in touch.
A couple of days before my 50th birthday last week, I received a package in the mail. This was not just any package. It was from Tokyo, Japan. GG Moore sent me a very nice matted and framed name print. The print was written in Kanji, a form of Japanese. Then below were the words in English. Translated it said, Mike Wright, Coach, Trigg Wildcats. How much value do I place on a gift like that? As the commercial says, PRICELESS.
Catching Up with GG
GG has served two stateside tours in the US Air Force. Both were in Florida. She was stationed at Eglin and Hurlburt Field. While there she was deployed to Kuwait. She also traveled to Curacao near Aruba and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.
GG has done five different commands. Air Combat Command, Special Operations and Weapons are three of the areas she has worked in. Now, she is doing Mobility Command in Japan.
GG keeps track of planes flying through the Pacific. She also keeps up with the AOR of Afghanistan, because she is located at the closet big base for air support.
Because of the support the Air Force has given her, GG has been able to complete an AA degree and is working on her BA in Hospitality Management. She has traveled all over Europe and now is seeing Asia.
GG said, “Since I’ve lived and seen many other places, it make me love and appreciate America so much more.”
On a sports note, GG said that the Japanese are crazy about baseball. She stated that the children go to school six days a week and have a year-long school system. She said, “I see them in their baseball uniforms every Saturday. Basketball isn’t as huge here as it is in the States.”
The bottom line is that GG was serving our basketball team in 1997. Over a decade later, she is still serving. This time, it just happens for a much bigger organization and a much greater mission.
I close by offering this column as a salute to you, GG, and the great work that you are doing. SALUTE!
OT: Thanks to the many readers that have sent comments on the greatest athletic families in the history of Trigg County. I am already working on those columns. Keep the ideas coming.
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 email@example.com.