McCallie Hires John Shulman as Head Basketball Coach

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A coach with two NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances under his belt will lead the McCallie Blue Tornado into next season.

Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball coach John Shulman has accepted an offer to be the next coach for McCallie School.

Shulman replaces Dan Wadley, who stepped down from coaching at the end of this past season after 31 years, eight with the Blue Tornado. He will continue to work and teach at McCallie.

 

“I am excited about this opportunity,” Shulman said. “It is a perfect fit for me. I want to help these young men achieve their dreams and goals. That is what this is all about, getting them to reach their fullest potential and be the best that they can be in life. If we can do that, we will have a successful program.”

 

McCallie athletic director Bubba Simmons felt Shulman was an obvious and deserving candidate.

 

“We had known about Coach Wadley’s plans to step down since late fall, which gave us plenty of time to quietly consider our options,” Simmons said. “It was clear from the first conversations that both sides were equally interested and enthusiastic about the possibility. Coach Shulman will inherit a young team with real potential, and we look forward to him serving as a great leader and coach for us.”

 

In addition to his duties as head basketball coach, Shulman will serve as Director of Community Outreach for the school. According to Associate Headmaster Kenny Sholl, Shulman’s responsibilities in this role will be to oversee the development of, and to manage the future activities within and around, McCallie’s new Ridgedale Outreach Center located on the southernmost portion of the campus.

 

“This new outreach center has the potential to open new doors for our community service program and our students, and we also hope to make it available to outside groups and organizations for meetings and smaller events,” Sholl said.

 

“My job will be to reach out and make sure that McCallie is part of our community,” stated Shulman. “It always has been, but we will be a bigger factor in the Chattanooga community at large. Our students will become more involved in volunteering roles, and local organizations will be able to benefit from the school’s resources and facilities.”

 

Shulman has more than 25 years of coaching experience, including nine as head coach at Chattanooga. He led the Mocs to Southern Conference Tournament Championships and NCAA Tournament berths in 2005 and 2009. His signature win was a 69-68 victory at Tennessee in 2004.

 

Before his head-coaching stint, he held assistant coaching spots at UTC, Tennessee Tech, East Tennessee State and Wofford College. He was part of a staff at Tennessee Tech that won back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference regular-season titles, and he helped guide ETSU to consecutive SoCon Championships and NCAA Tournament trips.

 

A native of Johnson City, Shulman has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from ETSU. He is married to the former Amy Engle of Erwin, Tenn., and the couple has three sons – Max (McCallie 9th grade), Tanner (McCallie 7th grade) and John Carter (second grade).




 

 



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