Wesleyan names McCarthy girls coach
Wesleyan Christian Academy has hired a new girls basketball coach, the school announced this week.
Matt McCarthy, the girls coach at Calvary Baptist in Winston-Salem, was selected from a pool of about 10 applicants to succeed Matt Barber, who stepped down as head coach in late April.
“We’re very excited,” athletic director Glen Foster said. “Coach McCarthy has the varsity girls experience we need and, with us being a Christian school, fits the character and beliefs that we have as a school.”
McCarthy, who is also the associate pastor at Twin City Bible Church, spent six years at Calvary Baptist, helping build the team from one that had single-digit wins prior to his arrival to one with three 20-win season and four top-10 state rankings.
The Cougars, who also play in the PACIS, were ranked No. 3 this past season and earned a spot in the final four of the NCISAA 3A tournament. McCarthy has also coached at the varsity level in the Winston-Salem Stealers AAU program.
“That was a big plus for us, and he has been a proven winner at that level,” Foster said. “... A majority of the applicants had AAU experience. So, we were looking for someone with that understanding. But a lot of them had it at the middle school level.”
McCarthy, who was introduced to the team Monday, received his undergraduate degree from Pensacola Christian College in 1999 and a master’s degree in counseling from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 2004.