McKoy returns to finish the job at Southern

Jul. 04, 2014 @ 08:01 PM

The new girls’ basketball coach at Southern High School said there’s some unfinished business he needs to handle.

Back in 2009, Wilmington’s Hoggard High School beat Southern 47-40 in the third round of the state playoffs.

Teddy McKoy coached that Southern team before moving on to other benches.

He’s back.

McKoy replaces Monique Fearrington, who last season got the Lady Spartans as far as the first round of the playoffs. She guided Southern to the second round the season before that when she was the coach of the year in the 4-A PAC-6.

In 2013, Southern moved to the newly created 3-A Big Eight Conference based on lower student enrollment at the school.

Southern athletics director Darius Robinson said the girls’ basketball program needed to go in another direction with a coach who has the sort of connections that could get the players on the radars of college coaches.

McKoy coached an Amateur Athletic Union team last season. When he left Southern after the 2009 season, he coached girls’ basketball at Raleigh’s Broughton High School before becoming the first varsity girls’ basketball coach at Voyager Academy High School.

Fearrington was not a faculty member at Southern, and Robinson said he wanted a coach who’d be at the school on a daily basis.

Fearrington did not respond to interview requests for this story.

McKoy, a barber, won’t be a part of the faculty at Southern, either, but he said he’d get in face time at the school as a hall monitor.

Over at Hillside High School, girls’ basketball coach Ovester Grays is not a faculty member, but you’d think he was, because he’s always around, Hillside athletics director Bob Hill said.

At Chapel Hill High School, Sherry Norris last season coached the girls’ basketball team to a state championship before retiring from teaching at Seawell Elementary School.

McKoy, 45, said he coached at Rogers-Herr Middle School for six years. He said he feels no pressure to duplicate the success of former Southern girls’ coach Kendrick Hall.

Hall resurrected the Lady Spartans and got them to the third round of the 2011-12 playoffs. He was in the role for just one season before being chosen as the head coach of the Southern boys’ team.

McKoy said he’s got three good post players to work with, as well as some guards who’ll be part of a Southern team that will press hard on defense and push the ball on offense. That’s how he plans to take care of that unfinished business.

Herald-Sun sports writer John McCann is on Twitter: @johntmccann.