McGehee receives A.F. Bridges Award

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Marshall County High School's Kevin McGehee received the A.F. Bridges Athletic Director of the Year Award for the 2013-14 school year in District 6. Photo by Louis G.Scheuchenzuber

Marshall County High School athletic director Kevin McGehee's hard work behind the scenes was recently recognized when he received the A.F. Bridges Athletic Director of the Year Award for the 2013-14 school year in District 6 earlier this month.

While the head coach usually receives the praise for the success of their respective team, McGehee tries to make the coaches' job at MCHS easier by taking care of the other chores in the athletic department such as helping to assemble schedules and taking care of athletes' eligibility forms. McGehee is also a constant fixture at Marshall County athletic events and serves as the school administrator at most MCHS home games.

"It means a lot to receive this award because I've made a lot of acquaintances at the state level so it's nice that somebody appreciates you," said McGehee.

A 1985 graduate of Marshall County High School, McGehee has worked at MCHS for 25 years and has served as athletic director for the last 18.

"I probably take more pride and ownership in it because I was also a player and a coach here before I became athletic director. I've had one kid that's already played here and another one that is currently playing here so it kind of holds your feet to the fire," said McGehee.

MCHS has experienced a great deal of success on the field of play during McGehee's tenure as athletic director and have captured seven of the school's 12 state titles over that time.

"I don't want to toot my own horn, but we've got 12 state championship banners hanging in our gym and I played on one of those teams and seven others have occurred while I've been athletic director here," said McGehee. "I'm also proud that we've added six different sports since I've been here and had a lot of success in those sports."

Second-year principal Marshall County principal John Bush believes McGehee is a valuable asset and helped make his transition at MCHS smoother by taking care of the numerous day-to-day tasks of the athletic department.

"He is just an integral part of our athletic program. He does so much for our coaches and takes a lot of the burden off them. A lot of schools don't have an athletic director like Kevin because he spoils our coaches," said Bush. "You can't put a value on having a veteran athletic director. I can just focus on the instruction of our students because Kevin handles everything in the athletic department. He truly works hard to make sure everyone's issues are handled in an equitable manner and treats everyone fairly."

While attending Marshall County High School as a student, McGehee was a standout on the MCHS baseball team and was a three-year starter for the Tigers. As a sophomore, McGehee batted cleanup and helped lead Marshall County to the 1983 Class AA State baseball title.

McGehee then turned in two more strong seasons for Marshall County on the baseball diamond and was named District MVP as a senior along with being selected to the Tennessee State All-Star Team.

Upon graduating from MCHS, McGehee signed a scholarship to play baseball at Belmont University and was a four-year starter for the Bruins as a designated hitter and first baseman. Highlighted by a .393 batting average during his junior campaign, McGehee was a threat at the plate for Belmont all four years and finished with a stellar .351 career batting average, which was the seventh best in the history of the Bruin program at the time when he graduated from there in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a minor History and Secondary Education.

After spending one year at Belmont as an assistant baseball coach, McGehee returned to Lewisburg and began his career as a teacher in the Fall of 1990.

Along with teaching geography, physical education, and weight training, McGehee was a member of the MCHS football coaching staff for one season and served as an assistant coach on the boys basketball team for two years.

He then took over boys basketball program during the 1992-93 school year and spent the next five seasons as the Tigers head coach where he captured the District title in 1997.

McGehee stepped down as head basketball coach at the conclusion of the 1997 season and took over the athletic director's job where has served in that capacity ever since. He is also currently an assistant coach for the Marshall County softball team and has helped the Tigerettes for a total of five years during his time at MCHS.

After watching Marshall County win seven state titles over the last 18 years, McGehee hopes MCHS can hang up a few more championship banners before he leaves his alma mater.