One of Sweetwater boys basketball’s District 5-AA opponents has an opening at head coach. McMinn Central coach Doug Armstrong announced his retirement on March 30, concluding a career with the Chargers that spanned 21 years. That’s big news for Sweetwater. Armstrong notched a 425-208 overall record at McMinn Central, leading the program to 14 district tournament titles championships and three state tournament appearances. Armstrong also coached golf and served as athletic director at McMinn Central. “It’s going to leave a big void,” Principal Jeff Gilbert told The Daily Post-Athenian. “Coach Armstrong is a great coach, a great educator, a great person. And he did wear so many different hats, that filling those shoes in just one of those areas is going to be difficult, much less all of those areas.” Despite the Chargers’ dominance under Armstrong, Sweetwater has evened the playing field in the past few seasons. Under head coach Jeremy Henderson, the Wildcats are undefeated against the Chargers, finding victory in the two teams’ five matchups the last two years. Sweetwater went 3-0 against the Chargers this past season, including a 57-46 win in the district tournament semifinals. Armstrong will help the McMinn Central administration in finding his replacements.
“Ideally, you’d like to hire a basketball coach who can coach golf as well,” Armstrong told The Daily Post-Athenian. “But that might not be the case. We may have people on staff, or we may have a teaching position become available and hire a teacher who is a golf coach.
“We have to just see what’s available there.” Whoever is hired as the school’s new boys basketball coach will square off with Henderson and the Wildcats at least twice a year.
And Sweetwater plans on keeping its recent dominance going against the Chargers and their yet-to-be-determined leader.