McGehee aims for Vincent glory

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Stacy McGehee, new head basketball coach for Vincent High School will take on the task of returning the Yellow Jackets to former glory.

McGehee replaces former VHS head basketball coach Preston Wilson.

McGehee a graduate of Tarrant High School and David Lispscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. comes to VHS from Jefferson Christian High with knowledge of the Yellow Jackets&8217; storied past.

&8220;I know Vincent&8217;s got a lot of athletes and have a history of being successful in basketball.&8221;

He said when Coach Jeff Nichols was the head man for Vincent, &8220;I saw what kind of athletes they had.&8221;

McGehee said he took the Vincent kids to the basketball camp at Birmingham Southern this summer. He said he was impressed and that former coach Preston Wilson had done a good job of teaching basketball.

McGehee said his plans are for the Yellow Jackets to be an up tempo team.

He said he would just have to get the kids to have fun in playing basketball because the talent is there. He said the challenge would be to change the attitude that they can succeed because they have the potential.

&8220;The goal is to win our area and then change our goal as the state tournament rolls along.&8221;

McGehee began his career at West Birmingham Christian where as a head coach his team had a .500 winning percentage for two years.

He next moved on to Jefferson Christian where the team won the AISA State Championship in 1998 with him as assistant basketball coach and again in 2005 as head basketball coach.

In the meantime McGehee was head basketball coach at Tarrant 1999-2001 where the team made to the regional tournament of state playoffs.

Vincent once had a proud tradition in basketball. During a span from 1976-89 Vincent won four small school county championships, two overall county championships, seven area championships, six regional championships, participated in five state tournaments, three final fours and was state runner-up once