As a first-year head coach, Andy Cauley was named MOAC Blue Division Coach of the Year, District 11 Coach of the Year, Central District DIII Coach of the Year, Associated Press DIII State Coach of the Year and the Mount Vernon News’ Coach of the Year.
Athletic Director Rich Porter said that, especially coming in late, Coach Cauley did a tremendous job with the team.
“The kids really bought into his system,” he said.
Cauley said that, going into the season, he didn’t know what to expect.
“I knew we had talented players, but I did not know the league or how talented the teams we were going to play would be. I took the approach of simply taking things one day at a time and not worrying about who we were going to play.”
Cauley said his approach to coaching was to let the guys be themselves while also maintaining high expectations on and off the court.
“We stressed unselfish play, and playing harder for your teammates than you did for yourself. From a basketball standpoint we stressed to each guy that they needed to play their own game, be themselves, and we would find a way to mesh that all together.”
The team broke every huddle with “family.”
“No one is more protective of these guys than I am,” Cauley said. “They are like my own kids. I would run through a wall to put them in a position to succeed.”
By Emily Garber