On Friday, July 21st, I was given the go ahead by Greenwood High School Principal Todd Garrison to share the news that Terry Boesch has accepted a teaching position at the high school and agreed to be the varsity assistant girls basketball coach. This is a position that was filled last year by Kris Simpson. Coach Simpson will be the junior varsity coach for the 2017-18 season.
I first met Terry when he reached out to me via email to inform me of his family’s plans to relocate to Greenwood. I was immediately impressed with Terry’s desire to learn about the game of basketball and use it as a tool for teaching young people important life lessons. In addition to Terry’s successful work with girls basketball players in the Martinsville area, he did equally remarkable work with his students in the classroom.
Terry comes to the Greenwood community after a successful government and military career that included deployments to Kuwait and Iraq. Before moving to Indiana last year, Terry worked as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of Arlington National Cemetery. Facing long commutes of over two hours each way per day, Terry wanted to make a change that would allow him to be around his family more and pursue his passion for working with young people and the game of basketball.
When I offered Terry the position of varsity assistant girls basketball coach, I outlined some of his major responsibilities as follows:
The varsity assistant will work with the head coach to design and implement a Greenwood Girls Basketball Developmental Program. This means the varsity assistant must work closely with all coaches in the program, including the high school and middle schools staffs as well as those who coach within the IGHL, Lady Mac, and AAU teams that use Greenwood Community Schools facilities. The varsity assistant will serve as a liaison between the youth basketball community in Greenwood and the head girls basketball coach.
In planning this introduction of Terry to our Greenwood basketball community, I asked him what he thought I should tell the parents of the girls who are interested in basketball. I was excited by his response:
“I think you should tell the parents that I’m very much looking forward to meeting them because we are new to Greenwood and because we all love basketball, and we want to see our daughters do well in it. … To get started in my new role, I just plan to observe and offer encouragement and support.”
Some of you may have already met Terry as he has brought his daughters to a few of our open gyms this summer. As he and I both prepare to begin our first year teaching at Greenwood High School, I look forward to working with him, the rest of our staff, and the larger Greenwood community to create opportunities for our youth. I look forward to seeing many of you in the gym soon!