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McWilliams Accepts Head Coaching Job With Lady Jets Basketball

The Cumberland County Lady Jets have their new head coach, as former Upperman assistant Tyler McWilliams will replace Radhika Miller in Crossville.

“My family was on vacation and we noticed that Coach Miller had posted that she was moving on to Windermere in Florida,” McWilliams said. “For the talent they’ve had lately, we thought it would be a good time for me to land my first head coaching job.”

As to be expected, McWilliams is excited for the opportunity, and says he’s heard nothing but good things about the group he’s going to have in year one.

“I’m really excited,” McWilliams said. “I’ve heard from a lot of people that I’ve got a great group of girls coming in. They’re going to be ready to work hard for me and do what it takes to bring Lady Jet basketball to a high level.”

McWilliams’ playing and coaching career thus far have all taken place at Upperman, where he was a 1,000-point scorer as a player. On the sideline, he was a major part of two state championships and the team boasted a 187-26 record during his time there.

McWilliams says he plans on taking what he’s learned from Upperman and applying it directly to Cumberland County in hopes of continuing the growth of a winning culture.

“I just want to take some of the things we had in our culture at Upperman and bring it there to develop that championship mentality,” McWilliams said. “We’re going to be a young team and I just want us to grow every single day. I want us to get better every day, and if we do that, when it comes to the postseason, we’ll surprise some people.”

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