Jonathan Shedd was hired recently to take over the Lady Yellow Jacket basketball program and went right to work. Grundy is participating in camps and working hard preparing for the 2015-16 season.
Shedd has head coaching experience in both girls and boys high school basketball from Alabama. “One year I did both varsity girls and varsity boys. That was interesting. I was an assistant in Alabama at Pickens County High. We won state with the boys that year I was there. Two years ago I was at Moore County as an assistant and last year I was assistant at Franklin County with the girls,” said Coach Shedd.
Coach Shedd has a total of 10 years high school experience and seven as a graduate assistant on the college level at Martin Methodist. The coach is from Cullman, Alabama.
The team has 27 out at present going through camps and summer drills. The coach said all can be on the varsity or junior varsity in the fall.
“I’m not cutting anyone. We’ve had some that have cut themselves which happens when a new coach comes in with a new program and when things are done different than the past. That happens all the time with coaching changes so we will work with those that choose to stay and choose to buy into our program,” said the coach.
Shedd currently lists 10 players on varsity with the rest on junior varsity. He expects a few more to move up to varsity by the time the season starts. “I’ll probably pull one or two of those up and let them get varsity experience this year. I really don’t want more than 15 on either one. The junior varsity will have at least 12 games but I would like for them to get more,” said Shedd.
Coach Shedd has seen a major positive already since his arrival. “I’m not dealing with any drama. Sometimes that can be a big factor in girls’ basketball but I don’t have any at all right now. They know how I feel about drama and I’m not seeing it. Right now the comradery between them is very good. They’re working hard and I’m enjoying what I’m seeing,” added the coach.
The biggest task ahead for the Lady Jackets is to learn the new system. Coach Shedd is running motion, half court man and pressing. “They’re having to learn how to pick the higher percentage shots in what we’re doing. I’m looking for what passes and what I call a horse shot where you’re there with no one around you and you’re taking the shot,” said Shedd.
Miranda Brown will be assisting Coach Shedd. Brown was a student assistant at MTSU under current coach Rick Insell.
The Lady Jackets will be hosting a youth basketball camp July 6, 7 and 10 from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm each day. The camp is for kids in kindergarten through 6th grade and is for both girls and boys.
Shedd plans to do a coaches’ clinic July 13, 14 and 16 as well.
The Lady Jackets were in camp in Waynesboro beginning on Sunday. They are headed to Soddy Daisy for a camp later this week and Shelbyville next week. They’ve also participated in a play day at Moore County. “I thought we did pretty well. We did a varsity and a JV scrimmage,” complimented the coach.
Coach Shedd is hard at work putting his system in and the Lady Jackets are working hard to learn their new roles. It’s a new beginning for Grundy girls’ basketball. Everyone is encouraged to get behind the new coach and the program.