Mather steps down as Parkwood girls coach
"It's time to hang up the whistle."
Those were the words Don Mather used when asked his reason for stepping down as girls basketball coach at Parkwood High earlier this week.
Mather compiled a 200-118 record in 12 total seasons with the Rebels. He started his coaching career in the 1997-98 season and held the position until 2007.
Mather stepped down following the 2006-2007 season, but returned to the sideline in 2011 to coach his final two years.
"I just felt like I was ready to move on," said Mather, who said he'll continue teaching at Parkwood. "I really enjoyed it. I got to meet a lot of good kids and good players. I really enjoyed working with some top-caliber players and the competition we got into with other teams."
Kate Edwards, who served as an assistant on the girls team this past season, will take over as head coach.
Edwards, who is the Rebels' head softball coach, was the head coach of the Hoke County girls basketball team for one season before coming to Parkwood.
Edwards played collegiately at Wingate University from 2004-08.
"I think she's going to do a wonderful job," said Mather of Edwards. "It's really a 365-day kind of job these days and I think she's excited about jumping right in and getting started."
The Rebels are coming off a 16-9 season and are expected to return their top two scorers in junior forward Emry Tsitouris (19.3 ppg) and freshman center Brittany Autry (11..4 ppg).
"I think the team will be really good next year, but I didn't want to hang on just because there was talent there," said Mather. "I'm glad I'm leaving the cupboard full and the program headed in the right direction."