Coaching

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Barney Thweatt is the common thread that ties a tradition of great Marshall County Basketball to the powerhouse known as the Christian County Colonels.  Success has been a constant companion of Barney Thweatt.

Barney Thweatt was a member of the 1947 State Runner-up and 1948 State Champion Brewers Redmen team.  Barney’s team was ranked number one all year and went undefeated in 1948.  In fact, Brewers is the last undefeated Kentucky Boys High School Basketball team to be crowned State Champions.

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In this interview you will discover the common bonds of these two legends and how their paths intersected at pivotal moments.

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Ed Jones played basketball at Benton High School scoring the first varsity basket in the Chambers Memorial Gymnasium and later coached the last Benton High School Basketball team before becoming the first athletic director of the Marshall County High School consolidation.

Jones attended college at University of Tennessee at Martin, where he held numerous records in men’s basketball.  Coach Jones emphasized with great success fundamentals and developing players to make decisions.  He continues to use his leadership development skills in mission projects through the Benton Church of Christ.

EdJonesEd Jones played basketball at Benton High School scoring the first varsity basket in the Chambers Memorial Gymnasium and later coached the last Benton High School Basketball team before becoming the first athletic director of the Marshall County High School consolidation.

Jones attended college at University of Tennessee at Martin, where he held numerous records in men’s basketball.  Coach Jones emphasized with great success fundamentals and developing players to make decisions.  He continues to use his leadership development skills in mission projects through the Benton Church of Christ.

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JP Roberts the voice behind JP’s Traffic discusses how playing sports provided him lessons that he still carries with him today.  JP played for the 1980 Class 4A State at Large Champion Paducah Tilghman football team during the fall and was a catcher in the spring for the Tornado baseball team.  JP discusses the coaching styles that influenced him as player and how that compelled him to give back.

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JP Roberts the voice behind JP’s Traffic discusses how playing sports provided him lessons that he still carries with him today.  JP played for the 1980 Class 4A State at Large Champion Paducah Tilghman football team during the fall and was a catcher in the spring for the Tornado baseball team.  JP discusses the coaching styles that influenced him as player and how that compelled him to give back.

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Michael Jordan letter to Paducah Tilghman High School Basketball Coach to Billy Chumbler for Team Academic Achievement

Billy Chumbler as a basketball player the Greatest Lowes Blue Devil of all-time.  He set the Louisville Invitation Tournament (LIT) scoring record.  He was recruited by Adolph Rupp of the University of Kentucky but chose to play college basketball at Mississippi State University and was the team captain at Murray State University.

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As a coach, Chumbler was inducted into Illinois Coaches Hall of Fame with an Illinois record of 492-196. He coached at Cairo High School and Century High School in Illinois. He coached at Paducah Tilghman and Trigg County with a Kentucky record of 288-93 compiling an overall high school coaching record of 780-289.

He is a current Dawahares / KHSAA Hall of Fame Nominee as a Player and Coach.  http://khsaa.org/httpdocs/hallfame/ScreenedNominees/Chumbler,%20Bill.pdf

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BillyChumblerBilly Chumbler as a basketball player the Greatest Lowes Blue Devil of all-time.  He set the Louisville Invitation Tournament (LIT) scoring record.  He was recruited by Adolph Rupp of the University of Kentucky but chose to play college basketball at Mississippi State University and was the team captain at Murray State University.

As a coach, Chumbler was inducted into Illinois Coaches Hall of Fame with an Illinois record of 492-196. He coached at Cairo High School and Century High School in Illinois. He coached at Paducah Tilghman and Trigg County with a Kentucky record of 288-93 compiling an overall high school coaching record of 780-289.

He is a current Dawahares / KHSAA Hall of Fame Nominee as a Player and Coach.  http://khsaa.org/httpdocs/hallfame/ScreenedNominees/Chumbler,%20Bill.pdf

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Caroline Steele played basketball from a young age but selected tennis as the sport to pay for her college.  Caroline was coached by Larry Heflin and had other great influences such as Bennie Purcell, Mel Purcell, Judy Dixon and Billie Jean King that inspired, honed and developed her skills and person.  She discusses the lifelong bonds and lessons that she developed through competing at the collegiate level.

 

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Caroline Steele played basketball from a young age but selected tennis as the sport to pay for her college.  Caroline was coached by Larry Heflin and had other great influences such as Bennie Purcell, Mel Purcell, Judy Dixon and Billie Jean King that inspired, honed and developed her skills and person.  She discusses the lifelong bonds and lessons that she developed through competing at the collegiate level.

 

Skills + Confidence + Fitness = Championships

Steve and Carson Beckett, photo used with permission from Klix photography.

Steve Beckett helped start the Mountain Bike team at Marshall County High School as a way for his son Carson Beckett to have opportunity to ride and race with  his friends.  Steve’s coaching skills combined with the team work ethic has developed into a program that consistently finishes on the podium, winning its first three attempts at State Championships.  “There is no bench, there is no starting five… if you are willing to come to practice and put in the time, you are going to get to play in the game.”  MCHS competes in the Tennessee league of NICA.  To learn more about the league visit www.tennesseemtb.org