Madisonville prepares for new season

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The Madisonville men’s basketball team is less than a week away from their season opener at Blooming Grove and in full preparation for the new campaign after a successful first year under Coach Chris Reid.

Last season, over half of the team was comprised of seniors. It will be a new-look squad for Madisonville but the same up-tempo style from Reid in his second year.

“I feel like I was able to establish my own personal philosophy last year,” said Reid. “I take the acronym W.O.M. with me to any program I work in.”

This came to Reid when he was an assistant coach trying to imagine the mindset he would someday bring to his own program. It stands for three things: Will of Man, We over Me and Well Oiled Machine. It constitutes the grit, teamwork and efficiency he wants to see out of his group every night.

“I feel like we were able to establish that last year,” said Reid. “Now we are just building off of that.”

But W.O.M. is not just for basketball. Reid has also worked hard to give his players the guidance they need to succeed off of the court as well. His ‘Rule of 80’ requires any player receiving below an 80 in any class to attend a weekly study hall in order to raise it.

“We definitely try to incorporate that philosophy in the classroom and with our conduct,” said Reid. “You have to have the will to succeed on your good days as well as your bad days in order to make your contribution to society.”

Last season, Reid inherited a veteran team that had been under the leadership of Coach Brian Thurmond. Thurmond found success at Madisonville with a more tempered philosophy than Reid favors. With a young team in 2018, he will have a chance to continue to instill his fast-paced style and set the tone for the future of the program.

“With the right approach, I feel you can motivate any kid to get after it,” said Reid. “That is the approach we are trying to take with these younger players. I think they are buying in so far.”

Last season, the Mustangs finished second in district behind Athens with a record of 5-3. They competed in a number of close games and handed Athens their only district loss of the season on Feb. 2. They dropped their first postseason matchup to Lorena by a score of 57-53.

With the conclusion of football, the basketball team will be able to start their season about a month earlier than they did last year.

“I just want to take it one game at a time and leave it all out on the court this season,” said Reid.

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