By Ronnie Hickman
For the Daily News
WARFIELD, Ky. — After a few weeks of wondering on who the new boys basketball coach at Martin County Middle School would be, that question has now been answered. Chuck White has been named to guide the young Cardinals. White will take over for Brent Haney, who served one season as head coach.
White, who played at Williamson High School under Curt Fletcher before coming to Tug Valley where his finished up his high school career playing for Garland “Rabbit” Thompson. He helped the Panthers win a Class A state title his senior season.
After high school he attended and graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He was hired this year as the history teacher at Martin County Middle School and when he learned that Haney was not going to be the coach this coming season he wanted the job. He has not wasted any time as he has been practicing everyday after school in preparation for the season.
White will be assisted by another first year teacher in Lee Harris and White said he has some good kids out. Of course he would like to have the talents of 8th graders Trey James, who is 6-foot-9 and guard Brady Dingess, but both will be playing junior varsity and varsity with the Sheldon Clark Cardinals this season. Dingess played last year starting on the junior varsity and saw some minutes on the varsity level last season for first year head coach Jason James.
White got his first taste of coaching in the highly competitive Williamson Midget League and having two excellent ball handlers this year he plans on playing nothing an uptempo style of basketball.
“I want to push the ball up the court and we have a couple of good ball handlers and overall some good kids so I am looking at playing four out and one in because we have some kids that can shoot the ball,” White said. “I wanted this job so hopefully we can have a good year.”
White has been putting together the schedule, but for the first time the boys middle school team will be part of the Cards – Lady Cards Red- White pres-season game which will also feature the men’s and women’s alumni games and three boys elementary games.
(Editor Kyle Lovern contributed to this story.)