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Stepping into the role of coach at a successful girls program at Fred T. Foard, Brad Mangum attempts to follow in the footsteps of his mentor.
Mangum takes over for Wendy Price, who coached 11 seasons, won 182 games and made the playoffs nine times.
The former South Caldwell assistant under Lady Spartans coach Jeff Parham for seven seasons realizes the programâs prestige at Foard, but wants to build it further.
âIâm just thrilled to have the opportunity,â he said. âI have a lot of respect for coach Price, what sheâs done and the tradition she built. I hope to take this program to the next level and be a contender year end and year out.â
Mangum said his time spent coaching under Parham prepared him for the girlsâ basketball job at Foard.
âHe is very successful,â Mangum said. âHe is my mentor. Most everything I know, Iâve learned from him. Heâs been a big influence in my life in basketball. If it werenât for him, I wouldnât be in the position I am right now. I owe him a lot of credit for the opportunity.â
The Lady Tigers finished 14-11 last year, making the 3A playoffs.
Returning from last yearâs fourth-place finishing team are a solid group of players, including juniors Brooke Robinson and Chelsea Turner, as well as sophomore Kayla Whitworth.
âWe have tons of potential,â Mangum said. âIâm very excited about our possibilities this year. The girls are starting to really buy into the new system. As long as they keep believing in it and working hard, good things will happen.â
Despite a somewhat inexperienced team, Turner said sheâs noticed younger players stepping up.
âHope Danner and Maggie Gettys have been doing really well,â Turner said. âMaggie is a sophomore and Hope is a freshman. They are doing really well and stepping up as leaders.â
Mangum said many players have assumed a leadership role with the team.
âWe have new people stepping up every day,â he said. âOn a daily basis, there isnât anyone individually stepping up. Itâs different every day. The one good thing is that they are competing with one another. Thatâs ultimately going to make both them and us better.â
Mangum offers more of a personal interaction with his players, something Robinson said she likes..
âHe works a lot with us on individual skills,â she said. âHeâs worked a lot with me on my post-up play.â
As for goals this season, Mangum says it he isnât making specific ones, but rather ones in general.
âWe donât have a particular number we are looking for, as far as total wins. As long as he girls just come in, continue working hard and giving us an opportunity to win. Weâll see where the chips fall and where we are at the end of the year.âView more articles in: