It seems Justin Adcock’s absence from the WCMS basketball program was more of a short vacation.
Warren County Middle School athletic director Betsy McBride announced Monday that Adcock, who resigned the sixth-grade boys job last month, will be back as seventh-grade coach next season. He replaces JT Morgan, who left the program due to taking a job that would conflict with the basketball schedule.
“Justin has worked alongside varsity coach Kevin Burnett for the past few years and has learned a great deal from him,” said McBride. “Coach Burnett has been able to take his varsity team to the regional tournament for the last two years. It only made sense for Justin to move to the junior varsity position.”
Adcock led the WCMS boys sixth-grade squad to back-to-back Warren County elementary league championships in 2017-18 and 2018-19 before the school made the decision to play an out-of-county schedule last season.
Adcock was one of the biggest proponents of a beefed-up schedule, hoping it would help the players get accustomed to playing other counties quicker.
He’ll continue that push with the JV team. The seventh-grade team traditionally plays the same schedule as the varsity team, which plays in the Central Tennessee Conference against White County, Franklin County (North and South), Shelbyville, Tullahoma and Coffee County.
Adcock never wanted to leave the program, but his schedule was becoming too tough to balance. This role allows him a better chance to balance being a coach and father.
“I knew I was going to help with varsity. With me having two young children, it was too hard trying to practice two times a day and make all the games,” said Adcock. “Kevin and I plan on practicing together as much as possible and that will cut down on my practice time. We also play all our games on the same night.
“With the seventh-grade job opening up, it allowed me to continue doing what I love without having to sacrifice so much time away from my family.”
Tryout dates are still being determined for next year’s WCMS squads.