Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area Sports

May 21, 2012

McNeely named CCHS wrestling coach

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County High School didn't have go far to find a wrestling coach for 2012-'13, as former assistant and Phoenix School teacher Wes McNeely will replace retiring coach James Brady.

"I want to be competitive and be able to hold our own against the likes of Bradley Central, Cleveland, Wallker Valley, etc.," said McNeely, who was on the CCHS staff as an assistant wrestling coach for three years and offensive coordinator for football for two years.

He came to CCHS from Kenwood High School, where he was assistant head football coach, quarterback coach and assistant wrestling coach.

"Coach Mac," as he as known to his colleagues and students, moved to SMHS as an assistant football and assistant wrestling coach, and is currently a teacher at the Phoenix School.

"I am excited to have 'Coach Mac' and his energy back at CCHS. He will bring Cumberland County wrestling back where it used to be. i am excited having him on-board," said CCHS athletic director/assistant principal Jon Hall Friday morning.

"I want to raise the discipline level and practice hard. I want Cumberland County wrestling, as whole, to be successful," added McNeely. "I want both schools to be successful."

He wants to take the program "in a new direction by restoring it at the top" and "starting off from me down."

McNeely is combining discipline, academics and success into a three-pronged package for his team.

If someone does something wrong, he or she will be dismissed from the team.

If one of the wrestlers has a problem with a subject, he will find someone proficient in that area to tutor him or her in that subject and he or she would make up the missed time at the end of practice. He believes with most people academic standards for student/athletes should be higher than most other people.

He wants to have a K-5 AAU program and start a middle school program for grades 6-8. These feed into the high school program.

"Coach Mac" also wants to the students, faculty, staff and the community to be more involved with the program.

Anyone interested in wrestling can call him at 456-1228 (Phoenix School) or e-mail coachmacmcneely@yahoo.com.

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