McCallie School has chosen former Chattanooga head coach John Shulman to leads its basketball program, replacing former coach Dan Wadley, who tendered his resignation in late February to end a 31-year coaching career.
Shulman, who compiled a 145-146 record at UTC, led the Mocs to two Southern Conference tournament titles and a pair of NCAA tournament appearances in his nine seasons in charge. At the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, however, with one year remaining on his contract, Shulman and UTC agreed to part ways.
“I am excited about this opportunity,” said Shulman, who has worked as director of sales for Access America Transportation since last May. “It is a perfect fit for me. I want to help these young men achieve their dreams and goals. That is what this is all about, getting them to reach their fullest potential and be the beset that they can be in life. If we can do that, we will have a successful program.”
For McCallie athletic director Bubba Simmons, Shulman’s hiring was a no-brainer.
“We had known about Coach Wadley’s plans to step down since late fall, which gave us plenty of time to consider our options,” Simmons said. “It was clear from the first conversations that both parties were equally interested and enthusiastic about the possibility. Coach Shulman will inherit a young team with real potential, and he will serve as a great leader and coach for us.”
In addition to his coaching duties, Shulman, will serve as the school’s director for community outreach.
“My job will be to reach out and make sure that McCallie is part of our community,” Shulman said. “It always has been, but we want to be a meaningful fixture in the Chattanooga community at large. Our students will become more involved in volunteering roles, and various organizations will be able to benefit from the school’s resources and facilities.”
Shulman, a native of Johnson City, Tenn., has over 25 years of coaching experience. Prior to taking first head-coaching job at UTC, he served as an assistant at Chattanooga, Tennessee Tech, East Tennessee State and Wofford College.
Michael Murphy covers UTC athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on twitter @MichaelNooga.