When Chase McGee gives the steal sign next school year, it may be a little different.
The longtime WCMS assistant baseball coach was announced Monday as the new sixth-grade boys basketball coach, a move McGee is hoping will go as well as his team with the diamond Pioneers.
“I was excited about the opportunity when I heard I was hired. I intend to continue a successful program,” said McGee, who has coached youth league basketball for the last decade. “I applied because I enjoy the game and enjoy coaching middle school-age kids. At this age, most kids are very coachable and I believe you can make a big impact on them as they grow into young adults – both on and off the court.”
McGee’s comfort with WCMS athletes made him a logical choice for athletic director Betsy McBride.
“Chase is also an assistant for our baseball team. He has a lot of experience with working and developing sports-related skills with children,” said McBride. “He understands the importance of building basic fundamentals in any sports. I feel he will focus on those skills while encouraging players and (providing) self-confidence and motivation to be successful in our conference.”
McGee replaces Justin Adcock, who resigned the job after three years in March. Adcock will be assuming a new role in the basketball program (more coming Friday).
A graduate of Warren County High School who earned degrees from Motlow and Trevecca, McGee will stress academics as well as athletics.
“With any program, I believe academics have to come first, then hard work on the court. I believe in aggressive, fast-paced basketball,” said McGee. “I want to teach these kids the fundamentals they will need to be successful at the varsity level and push them to be better players.”
WCMS moved out the local elementary league last season and began playing other Central Tennessee Conference opponents. The schedule will likely continue in the same fashion this winter.
Tryout dates are still being determined. To read more from McGee, visit southernstandard.com.
Q&A with new WCMS sixth-grade boys coach Chase McGee
(Questions by Standard sports editor Jeffery Simmons)
What made you apply and how did it feel when you heard you got the job?
McGee: I applied because I enjoy the game and enjoy coaching middle school kids. At this age, most kids are very coachable and I believe you can make a big impact on them as they grow into young adults - not only on the court, but off the court as well. I was excited about the opportunity when I heard I was hired and intend to continue a successful program.
How do you want to shape the program – how do you envision a program led by Chase McGee looking like?
McGee: With any program, I believe academics have to come first, then hard work on the court. I believe in aggressive, fast-pace basketball. I want to teach these kids the fundamentals they will need to be successful at the varsity level and push them to be better players on the court and off the court.
Do you feel any added expectation taking over a team that has had a high level of success in previous years? What are your personal expectations for the team?
McGee: Anytime you take on a coaching position - whether it was successful prior to you coming or not - there is always added pressure to perform, but I believe all that will work itself out with the coaching style I have. My expectations for the team are to make sure that all players give 100 percent and do what is needed to win. I want them to be in good shape physically and be prepared mentally for the game so we can play a fast-pace, high-intensity game without getting tired or making a lot of mental mistakes.
How will you help work with the WCMS program and develop players for the next level (varsity) as the primary feeder program in the county?
McGee: I think it’s important that we work together at all levels to make sure that the upcoming players develop the skills needed to be successful at the varsity level. By working together and having the same game plan from the sixth-grade level and up, we can help develop players who are ready to perform at a high level when they reach the varsity level.