Preps: Whirlwind hoops week serves as warmup to state tournament for CPA’s Maddux

Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:11pm

It would be safe to say that Christ Presbyterian Academy basketball coach Drew Maddux got some needed rest Sunday night.

In between getting his team ready for the boys state tournament, which starts Wednesday at MTSU, Maddux experienced an unbelievable whirlwind week. It started in New Orleans where he was honored as the Vanderbilt “Legend” during the SEC tournament.

“My wife Judy and I flew down to New Orleans early last Wednesday morning,” Maddux whose 34-2 team will play Wednesday’s quarterfinals at MTSU said. “They honored us at a tip-off luncheon at the World War II Museum, where Commissioner [Mike] Slive spoke. Thursday morning, they had a breakfast for us.

“I think the most fun I had was at a Q&A session with [former Arkansas coach] Nolan Richardson on the big stage downtown. [Richardson] recruited me and came to some of our games at Goodpasture. When Coach Richardson first saw me, he said, ‘Maddux, you should have come to Arkansas!’ in that big booming voice of his. I had so much fun with [him] and answering all the questions with him.”

On Friday night, Maddux was honored at halftime of Vanderbilt’s tournament game with Georgia.

Then things got hectic.

“Vanderbilt had the late game and it started even later [9:30 p.m.] after the UT-Ole Miss game went into overtime,” he said. “Right after halftime at about 10:30, we got in the rent-a-car and drove non-stop back to Nashville, so I could get back in time for the [state tournament pairings] meeting at 10 Saturday morning.

“Coming back, I listened to the radio and people were texting us so I could keep up with Vanderbilt’s game. We got into Nashville at about 8:30 a.m., I took a quick shower, threw on some clothes, and made it to Murfreesboro. After the meeting, I attended our girls state championship game that afternoon.”

Making things more hectic for Maddux was the opponent his Lions drew — Spring Hill (30-1), a team with a 30-game winning streak.

That game is 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Color BA White: Cody White, 42, was recently named head coach and athletic director at Brentwood Academy. It’s a program that has won 10 state championships and made 36 playoff appearances in the 42-year school history.

“There were so many things that appealed to me about BA,” White said in a recent interview. “I liked everything about the school.

White has coached for 17 years at several Texas schools, including prestigious Highland Park in Dallas. He’s been head coach at Denison High since 2006.

He has met Carlton Flatt, who coached BA for the first 36 years of its existence and is architect of all 10 state titles. The Eagles last crown came in Flatt’s final season in 2006.

“I had the chance to meet coach Flatt,” White said. “Anytime you meet a living legend, you want to pick his brain for some pearls of wisdom. He said he would help in any way he could.”

Asked about his coaching philosophy, White said, “I want to stress fundamentals, make sure we do things right, leave no stone unturned.”

Regarding the pressures of coaching at a high-profile program like BA, he said, “Believe me, no one is going to put more pressure on me than I put on myself.”

Of the main attraction of BA, White said, “It would be the Christian aspect of the school. That is very important to me. There was a strong sense of Christianity there which was very evident and something I wanted to be a part of.”

Wrestlers honored: Several Nashville wrestlers were honored at the Middle Tennessee Wrestling Coaches Association awards dinner last Monday.

The Johnny Drennan Award for wrestler of the year went to Michael Hooker of Father Ryan who was undefeated in high school matches and John Kramer of Wilson Central was coach of the year.

Dream Team wrestlers named from Nashville included: Chris Wesnofske of Ryan (113 pounds), Paul Agnew of Centennial (126), Jacob Freeman of Ravenwood (132), Austin Woods of Franklin (136), Mark Marchetti (145), Cole Moseley (152), T.J. Holmes (182) and Ricky Fisher (195), all of Ryan, McCoy Newberg of Independence (170) and Amos Mason, Brentwood Academy (220).

New Brentwood coach: Mark Pemberton has been named the new Brentwood High football coach, replacing Ron Crawford, who resigned recently to take the Cleveland High job on January.

Pemberton’s Knox Catholic team won the 2008 title. Since then, he has been head coach at West Laurens, Ga., then Macon County the past two seasons.

Hockey champs: Ravenwood defeated county rival Brentwood to win the GNASH (Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey) Cup on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.

The Franklin Road Academy-University School of Nashville team beat Independence-Page 4-3 in overtime to defend their Hines Cup title Friday at Centennial Sportsplex.

Olympic trials qualifier: Nashville Aquatic Club swimmer Anna Grainger qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials in the 200 meter backstroke during the Southeastern Swimming Short Course championships last week in Knoxville.

Trials will be held in June in Omaha, Neb. Grainger became the ninth NAC swimmer to qualify.