Tullahoma Coach Resigns; Alsup named Interim for Lady Wildcats’ Basketball

The sidelines for the Lady Wildcats basketball team will see a shift in leadership, as Cody McMurtry resigned from his position as Head Coach on Friday.

In his resignation letter, McMurtry shares a re-evaluation of his personal priorities. He conveyed his family needs to be focused on, and as a result, he will be relinquishing his duties as head coach.

“I feel it is time I sacrifice for my own family and give my family the undivided attention that they so deserve. I thank you all for allowing me the opportunity to be involved. I have enjoyed getting to work with a fantastic group of young ladies, outstanding parents, and wonderful fans and I will cherish the bonds I have formed for many years to come with all those involved in the Lady Wildcat Program,” McMurtry said. “This decision does not come easily or without much consideration, for I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching young athletes about life and the simple game of basketball. However, I feel that it is in my best interest not to continue coaching for the upcoming school year.”

McMurtry took over the Lady Wildcats’ basketball program in 2018 before his resignation on Friday. While at the helm of the THS girls program, McMurtry had success, including a District 8-AAA crown in 2019. Tullahoma followed with back-to-back District 8-AAA Runner-Up titles in 2020 and 2021. During the 2019-2020 season, the Lady Wildcats advanced to the sectional round of the playoffs, the deepest postseason run in modern program history.

The Lady Wildcats currently have an 8-4 record on the season. Tullahoma is coming off of a first-place performance in the Gulf Breeze Classic in Pensacola, Florida.

“I want to thank Coach McMurtry for his strong commitment and dedication to the THS Girls Basketball program and all the energy he has invested into our young ladies over the past three years,” said THS Principal Jason Quick. “His passion for the game of basketball and seeking to impact the lives of his players allowed for success to be realized both on and off the court. The THS program is set up for success for the future because of Coach McMurtry’s impact.”

Dale Alsup will be the interim Head Coach for the Lady Wildcats for the remainder of the 2021-2022 campaign. Alsup previously coached the THS girls program from 2011 until 2013 before returning to the bench for one season in September 2017.

“I am pleased that Coach Alsup has agreed to serve as the interim head coach for our program for the remainder of the season,” Quick said. “Coach Alsup has enjoyed a stellar coaching career and holds a strong reputation throughout the state for his coaching knowledge and experience in creating outstanding young ladies both on and off the court.  Our current players on the team all know Coach Alsup, which will definitely prove valuable as our season progresses. I am looking forward to an outstanding remainder of the 2021-22 season for our Lady Wildcats.”

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,993 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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