WOLVER­INES

Starkville Daily News - - SOUTH­EAST­ERN CON­FER­ENCE FOOT­BALL -

work. Price took a young team to the play­offs and built the foun­da­tion for the Wolver­ines to get back to their reg­u­lar stan­dard.

“He did a great job," Wil­son said of Price's open­ing sea­son. "He and his staff worked as hard as any staff that have ever come through here. We lost a class of 16 and then 12 in con­sec­u­tive years. Last year he had two kids that had played four quar­ters ev­ery week on both sides of the ball. Ex­pe­ri­ence is crit­i­cal and they did a great job mak­ing the play­offs and they were com­pet­i­tive.”

On the hard­wood, the Wolver­ines boys and girls bas­ket­ball teams are go­ing through a coach­ing change also. This tran­si­tion should be much smoother than most.

Michael Seger took over a boys pro­gram that had strug­gled to win in re­cent years and a girls team that was re­build­ing from a state cham­pi­onship team that mostly would not re­turn. In two years, he had the girls team in Jack­son in the Elite 8 and in three years the boys were dis­trict cham­pi­ons.

How­ever, Seger an­nounced prior to last sea­son that he was leav­ing the United States to serve in a school for or­phans with his fam­ily in Uganda on mis­sion. In­stead of leav­ing the Wolver­ines high and dry, Seger put a plan in mo­tion to set the pro­gram up long term. He coached both teams through last sea­son and he brought in his men­tor and former boss Jon Ginn as an as­sis­tant and coach-in-wait­ing.

“Coach Seger was prob­a­bly one of the hard­est work­ing coaches I've ever been around, and he was so or­ga­nized,” Wil­son said. “Truth be known, he learned that from coach Ginn so it was not a hard tran­si­tion at all. (Ginn) hasn't missed a beat and they worked hard just about ev­ery day in June with a gym full of play­ers.”

While the prod­uct on the field and court is the ut­most im­por­tance, hav­ing top notch fa­cil­i­ties for the play­ers is equally crit­i­cal and that's been a pri­or­ity in Cum­ber­land for years.

This sum­mer there have been some big projects and mi­nor facelifts to help con­tinue in the right di­rec­tion. A girl's weight room in the gym has been the big­gest pri­or­ity of the sum­mer al­low­ing a sep­a­rate fa­cil­ity for girls sports to train. The East Web­ster foot­ball field will also have a mi­nor up­date at the foot­ball en­trance and the base­ball bat­ting cages also got some work.

This is the quiet time for the Wolver­ines, but they're al­ways work­ing for the real games ahead. Those are the ones that Wil­son is ex­cited about most this fall and spring in year two of his du­ties.

“I ex­pect us to do like we've al­ways done," Wil­son said. "I ex­pect us to com­pete and have the best sup­port of any­body in the state. We'll click on just like we al­ways have.”

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