Quincy girls basketball coach Cory Medina resigns
After five years as the head coach of the Lady Jacks varsity basketball team, Cory Medina has resigned his post.
Medina made the announcement late last week during the team’s annual end-of-the-season meeting.
On Feb. 10, Medina said in an interview that many things weighed in on his decision, from the death of his father last summer to wanting to spend more time with his three children, to the lack of success the team had under his watch.
“The losses were a lot harder and my expectations were a lot higher,” Medina said. “I don’t know if I just lost focus or started concentrating on winning and losing too much instead of in the process of what we were trying to do.”
The Lady Jacks won two nonleague games this year, a slight improvement over last year when the team went winless.
Medina said that when he took the job, he knew the program was down and gave himself five years to put the team in a position to win five to 10 games a year. This year, the team went 2-18 overall, with an 0-18 record in league. It was the fifth consecutive year that the team failed to win a league game, Medina has said.
“We are not there yet so I was kind of going, ‘Well, maybe it’s time to let somebody else have a try,’” he said.
After half a decade as head coach, Medina said the system is stronger than when he first came in.
All three teams at the high school level have new uniforms, the program hosts three camps a year, and the interest in the sport is growing, with varsity players holding practices with seventh- and eighth-graders during the year and hosting the camps.
“It’s not like I’m leaving and nobody’s coming back and there’s no money anywhere,” said Medina, who added that when he first came on board, players had to be taught a lot.
“It was pretty crazy how much they did not know,” he said, later adding that the program is headed in the right direction. “It’s just a lot slower that I thought it was going to be.”
Junior varsity head coach Micaiah McCreary and C-team coach Bill Gonzales will likely stay on board, Medina said, with McCreary a likely candidate for the head-coaching position.
“I told her she would do a great job at it,” Medina said, adding that he would like his successor to continue bringing the sport to the younger children.
Asked what else he would like his successor to do, Medina laughed and said, “Whatever they want. Obviously what I was doing wasn’t working very much.”
A former track star whose picture still stands in one of the showcases outside Woodworth Court, and who coached track until 2017, Medina said that he may not be done with wearing a whistle around his neck. For starters, one of his children wants him to be his coach in soccer.
In a couple of years he might try coaching hoops at the junior-high level, or perhaps trying for the high school job again in 10 to 12 years.
“When life is a little bit slower and a little bit easier,” he said. “When I don’t have a 7-year-old, a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old.”
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org