During his two seasons as an assistant boys’ basketball coach at Barren County High School, Will McCoy let it be known to head coach Warren Cunningham and the rest of the staff that he wanted to be a head coach – preferably at a Region 4 school.

McCoy will get that chance, as he was officially announced as Greenwood’s boys’ basketball coach Tuesday. The 2008 Glasgow graduate replaces Bob Pels, who stepped down after three seasons last month.

McCoy said he was grateful for his time at Barren County but is excited about the opportunity at Greenwood.

“I think coach Pels and those guys were right there – very good regular-season records, just couldn’t quite get over that postseason hump,” McCoy said. “From Day 1 that is going to be the goal. That’s going to be the expectations set, and nothing less than that.

“We are going to make sure these guys are good people first of all … but we are also gonna battle every single day. I truly believe if you establish that right now that it will carry over into November.”

In addition to serving on the coaching staff at Barren County, McCoy has also been a head coach for South Warren Middle School, Bowling Green Junior High School and Barren County Middle School.

He has also coached AAU ball and is familiar with a few players returning to Greenwood next season – including rising senior Ben Carroll.

“I’m glad we can get a change of the brand at Greenwood, get a new coach in and a new game plan,” Carroll said. “It’s a new atmosphere, and I think it will be really good this year.”

McCoy inherits a team that won 51 games in the previous three seasons – including posting a 16-12 mark last year, losing to eventual state semifinalist Warren Central in the District 14 Tournament.

In addition to Carroll, the Gators return a trio of players who saw significant action last year – Parker Williams, Cade Stinnett and Noah Stansbury.

“We have a lot of good pieces coming back,” McCoy said. “We’ve got a lot of good pieces coming up. That freshmen and sophomore class is something to be excited about, as are the juniors and seniors. I feel like at each level we’ve got some consistency, some guys that are going to compete for playing time.”

He added he will spend summer looking for his team’s identity.

“I am one of these coaches that I have a comfort zone just like we all do. However, we are going to get front of these guys, break down what we have and really have a fit,” McCoy said. “I think that is important. You have to coach to strengths, but you also have to be versatile enough to change and adjust to your group.”

McCoy said he is excited about the challenge of competing in District 14, where Bowling Green and Warren Central have been the juggernauts for nearly two decades. Greenwood’s last Region 4 tournament appearance was 2017 and the Gators’ last region title was in 2008 – the only team to win a region title other than the Purples or Dragons since 2001.

“I was always taught early to go after the elephant in the room or you are going to get squashed,” McCoy said. “That is not going to be a hidden message to our guys. We are going to make sure that we are working every single day because I promise you the guys across town are. There is a lot of talent coming back this year. It’s going to be a very competitive region.”{&end}

– Follow prep sports reporter Micheal Compton on Twitter @mcompton428 or visit bgdailynews.com.

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