It seems appropriate as we celebrate Thanksgiving week that we shine a spotlight on one very thankful coach – Fairview High Boys Basketball coach, Trey McCoy.
A Fairview High School alumnus and former Yellow Jacket basketball player, Trey McCoy has started his fourth season as FHS’ head boys basketball coach. And it’s a dream job for McCoy, who said, “It’s hard for me to believe I’m worthy of such a blessing. So many young men have come through the program and made an impact on my life. I’m beyond grateful for them and the current guys.”
Having experienced great success in his first three years, Coach McCoy said, “I anticipate this season with more excitement than ever.”
Main Street Fairview is excited to share a brief interview with Coach McCoy.
Thoughts on upcoming season?
It is a bittersweet year because this is the first time I've graduated an entire starting five which usually means a team should be down or rebuilding, but we're not.
This team is probably the deepest in terms of talent I've had despite their lack of varsity experience. This group has a real chance to come out of nowhere and be very good by tournament time. Yet, tournament time and just the season in general is not guaranteed due to COVID. Every day we get to practice or play, I'm thankful.
How many W-L last season – how did last season end?
Last year, we were coming off a school record 28-3 season and expectations were low from fans due to key players that graduated. We finished 4th in the regular season after battling illness and losing a key player for the year to an injury.
Once tournament time came around, we were playing very good basketball and were able to ink out a 1-point win in the first round, followed by a convincing win versus the undisputed first place team in Creek Wood. And then finally, we beat a very good Hickman County team for our school record third straight District 11 AA title.
We then advanced one game further than the 28-3 team by beating Forrest in the first round of Region before being eliminated by Creek Wood.
We finished 19-12, but it was a special year given all we faced.
How many returning players?
Junior Kennedy Pendergrass filled in for senior Locke Hord after his season ending injury last year and caught up very quickly and was voted Williamson County Newcomer of the Year. Juniors Carter Durham and Shammah Takop played limited minutes last season along with sophomore Jacob Neal.
What are you expecting to see out of those players this season?
I just hope to see them play this year. All the above players have put in a ton of work since February and they have grown exponentially as young men and basketball players.
New to Fairview is junior Jackson Arnold, who is a very talented player with a bright future.
We also have many other players that work very hard and have a chance to be this year's newcomer of the year.
What do fans wanting to attend games need to know?
Masks will be required, and crowd size is limited. Home tickets will be for sale on GOFan.com. Away games will vary from school to school. Links will be provided on Facebook and Twitter @wcsFVHS_TM
What about your coaching staff/team managers?
Coach Joe Eleniewski returns for his fourth year along with the return of Fairview High Basketball great, Coach Chad Embry, who was with us in our inaugural year.
Student manager Hugh Davidson helps me do all the major things that help us as a team be successful.
Has there been tentative dates set for Coming Home and Senior Night?
Senior Night is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15 versus Lewis County. This is a District Game as well.