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Maddox named Happy Valley boys coach

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Apr 12, 2018 at 7:38 PM

Jeremy Maddox was officially named Happy Valley boys' basketball coach on Thursday, becoming just the fifth person to take over the role.

He replaces Chuck Babb who resigned last month after six seasons at the helm. The other three head coaches were John Treadway, Carl Gouge and Charlie Bayless, for whom Maddox, a 2004 Happy Valley graduate, played.

Maddox, 31, has been an assistant with the Warrior program the last decade, and certainly knows the school's rich tradition which has produced two state championships.

"I'm honored to be the coach at Happy Valley when you look at the tradition and the success we've had in the past," said Maddox, whose team won the Watauga Conference championship his senior season. "The school building we're in now was built in 1963 and I'm only the third head coach since then. That speaks volumes for the tradition our basketball program has."

Maddox credited Bayless for teaching him how to control the tempo to give a team a chance to win. He added that Babb showed him how to run the program and knows the key is getting great assistants in place.

Happy Valley principal Bernie Young said Maddox was the top choice all along. Maddox made an impression with the success of his junior varsity teams and through his reputation as a hard worker as an assistant coach.

Both Bayless and Babb have commented about Maddox's knack for film study and breaking down the opponents.

"I guess I'm a little different in that," Maddox said. "I love just to sit down and the first thing looking at film asking what do we need to do to not lose. I thoroughly enjoy it. Outside of being at practice, I feel preparing for games is something as a coach I see as a strength and I enjoy that part of the process.

Maddox said his first goal is to bring in good assistants. As for a coaching philosophy, he describes himself as a man-to-man defensive guy first, but added he simply wants to play a style which allows the team to win. He looks to tailor it to his players, while also giving his assistants freedom to coach.

"I don't want to be a micro-manager," he said. "I want to get good help and let those people coach. I think we first have to look at our conference and see what we need to do to compete with the best teams. I don't want to say we're going to press and do all those things which fans want to hear if the reality is we can't do those things and be successful.

"The summer we have coming up, we want to see what works with our guys. Offensively, we've got Bryce Carter coming back. He's a 6-7 post who averaged a double-double last year, so it won't be any secret that we will try to get the ball to him as often as we can and play inside-out."

BABB ABOUT MADDOX

"He is just an outstanding worker and he's going to have to find him a good assistant now to take his place," Babb said. "He's wonderful at being prepared, helping out with practice plans and all that. He's ready (to be a head coach) and I'm tickled for him. I'm selfish because I've got a son coming up and I wanted Coach Maddox to be his coach."

BAYLESS ABOUT MADDOX

“I think he’ll do a good job although he’s got a young team coming back,” Bayless said. “He was a good ball player, who worked hard and did the extra work to make himself better. He’ll do the same with the boys.” 

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