Steely returns to lead Tigerettes

Friday, April 29, 2016
The last time we saw David Steely as coach of the Marshall County Tigerettes they had just won their fourth state championship in 2008 and his youngest daughter Maggie was a year old, now Steely is back on the bench to guide the Tigerettes back to glory. Tribune file by Anthony S. Puca

After seven losing seasons at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg, the Tigerettes have found new life in a legend as former state title winning coach David Steely was recently announced as the new head coach for Marshall County basketball.

His decision was an easy one.

"My decision was simple. I love MCHS and love Tigerettes basketball," Steely said.

Winning record

Steely compiled a record of 160-105 in his nine previous years as MCHS coach where he guided the Tigerettes to three state tournament appearances, one runner-up spot in the 2007 TSSAA state tournament and the following season, Marshall County went 32-4 and captured the school's fourth state championship.

After that title game, Steely resigned and the Tigerettes went 30-1 in 2008-2009, but lost to Hume-Fogg in the first round of the region tournament under Boyd West.

West resigned during the following season as the Tigerettes posted their last winning record at 17-14.

Looking back

Since that season, Marshall County has floundered badly, going 45-114 in six seasons, including a miserable 1-21 mark in 2015.

Steely's decision to resign after the 2007-2008 title game had a lot to do with personal issues as he was starting a new family at the time.

His eldest daughter Gracie will be 12 years old in May and his youngest daughter Maggie is now nine years old.

Funny how things change as they get older and the coaching fire begins to burn once more.

Itch to coach

"I have been coaching Maggie's Saturday league and AAU teams this year and that gave me the opportunity to really get back in the gym," Steely said.

Steely has made several changes in his teaching career as well, becoming assistant principal at MCHS in 2013.

"I love being assistant principal at MCHS and would like to thank Mrs. (Jackie) Abernathy (outgoing Director of Marshall County Schools), Mr. Jacob Sorrells (incoming Director of Marshall County Schools), and Mr. John Bush (MCHS Principal) for supporting me in this decision and providing me this opportunity," Steely said.

Wes Woods, who teaches US History at Marshall County High School, will take on the role of being Steely's assistant coach with Woods coming from Hampshire Unit School where he coached the Hawks after a stint as an assistant boys and girls coach at Lawrence County High School.

"Over the last two years he and I have become good friends," Steely said. "I reached out to him because he has great work ethic, discipline and does an amazing job at building relationships with students as well as parents."