Commitment. Attitude. Respect. Effort.
Scott Cherry’s coaching philosophy has worked throughout his career, from forklift sales to restaurant server to college basketball coach and now to Athletics Director.
He began as Athletics Director for Christ Church Memphis and CMDS in July and has been busy with all of the details. There’s scheduling, the church and school dynamics and the emphasis on participation, making sure the young athletes enjoy playing sports. Most importantly, there are relationships to build.
“That’s basically what I did as a college coach, build relationships,” he says.
Scott spent nine years as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at High Point University and 11 years as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at several Division 1 colleges including the University of South Carolina, Western Kentucky University, George Mason University and Tennessee Tech University.
He played college basketball at the University of North Carolina under Head Coach Dean Smith and was part of the 1993 National Championship team that finished 34-4. After graduation he played professionally for one year in Limassol, Cyprus.
First grade flag football and D1 basketball have their obvious differences. But Scott intends to run the Athletics department with the same attention to detail. On his computer desktop is a running document of improvements he can make to the Sports ministry; so far, he’s up to about 30.
Scott won’t take over coaching any of the Spirits basketball teams this year. He wants to be a resource for the lineup of volunteer coaches.
He also wants to build on the success of CMDS, enhancing the Athletics program in step.
Homecoming celebration next week
The fall athletics season is in the fourth quarter, but you still have a few chances to catch the Spirits in action!
The 5th and 6th grade boys will play a homecoming game on Tuesday, October 8 at 5:30 p.m. To celebrate the end of the season, we are calling for an all-school Spirit Day!
Have your child wear their favorite CMDS shirt or their fall sports jersey to school on Tuesday. Join us on Cy’s Field for the game that afternoon. Go Spirits!