George Drake’s true calling

Former Calera High basketball standout returns home to coach the sport he loves. (Photography by Jon Goering)

Former Calera High basketball standout returns home to coach the sport he loves. (Photography by Jon Goering)

George Drake has come home – home to his alma mater and home to Calera, the town he loves. The former Calera High School basketball standout and star of both the Vanderbilt and UAB basketball teams has begun his first season as head coach of the CHS Eagles and for Drake, it’s not a moment too soon.

“To be able to come home is indescribable. It truly feels great to come back to Calera to be around basketball and to teach kids, two things I love to do,” said Drake, who said his personal life’s motto, and one which he intends to share with his young players, is to “dream big because anything is possible.”

Those words have proved prophetic throughout this young man’s career which has now taken him full circle from the high school hardwood where he played as a teen to the larger basketball courts at Vanderbilt and UAB and finally back to Calera to a job which Drake believes to be his life’s “true calling.”

Read more about George Drake in the January issue of Shelby Living. Find your copy here.