Dan Wadley Stepping Down At McCallie

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

McCallie head boys basketball coach Dan Wadley stepped down on Monday after eight years at McCallie.  

Wadley earned 132 wins at McCallie and had recently notched his 600th win as a varsity coach.  Wadley's best finish at McCallie was second place in the Division II state tournament in 2011.

“I gave this decision great thought and came to the conclusion that it was time,” Coach Wadley said. “I informed the McCallie administration early into this season that it would be my last, and they honored my wishes of keeping this news confidential until our season concluded.
I did not wish for my decision to distract the team from its goals or from what happened game to game on the court.”

Wadley will remain at McCallie in another capacity. “I have worked with young people my entire life, and I still have some great years left. I am not leaving McCallie, and I have asked the administration to reassign me to some needed areas where I can continue to impact young people’s lives,” he said.

“Dan is a dedicated and compassionate school man, and we are very happy he wants to remain with us to continue working with our boys,” said Kenny Sholl, Associate Headmaster and Upper School Head.

Said Athletic Director Bubba Simmons, “I appreciate Coach Wadley's leadership as well as his dedication and commitment to the basketball program during his tenure as our head coach. His teams played hard and competed at a high level in one of the toughest leagues in the state.

Full Statement from Coach Dan Wadley:

All good things come to an end, and it’s true at this point in my life. At this time, I would like to announce that I have decided to step down as head basketball coach. This past season was my 31st year as a varsity head coach, and my eighth at McCallie. I have enjoyed my past eight years tremendously.

I informed the McCallie administration early into this season that it would be my last, and they honored my wishes of keeping this news confidential until our season concluded. I did not wish for my decision to distract the team from its goals or from what happened game to game on the court. The game is first and foremost about the players.

I have often heard that it is always better to step down two years too early than two months too late. Basketball is very time-consuming if done properly, and stepping down will free up some time to pursue some other interests that I have. I began coaching at McCallie with no grandchildren, and now I have three. My wife and I are looking forward to spending more time with them.

I would like to thank my staff of seven years (Roc Evans, Ryan Wadley, and Joel Coffman) for making my position as head coach an easy and enjoyable time. I would like to thank my wife Tracy for being there every time I have needed a book keeper. I would also like to thank the administration for their encouragement and support.

I have worked with young people my entire life, and I still have some great years left. I am not leaving McCallie, and I have asked the administration to reassign me to some needed areas where I can continue to impact young people’s lives.

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