A Cary resident, Patrick Daly had wondered what it would be like to be a girls basketball coach in his community. And when a math position and head coaching position became available at Cary High, Daly thought it was worth a shot even though he does both at Athens Drive.
Cary hired Daly, and the former Jaguars coach wont even have to leave the Tri-Nine Conference next season as he heads to a school just a few streets away.
If there was ever an opportunity to teach and coach in Cary, that I would like to at least see if that would work for me, Daly said. Its not an Athens thing at all. Its just more of a personal decision to teach and coach in the community that I live in and develop relationships there.
He said he will meet his new team Thursday afternoon.
Daly was 15-34 in two years at Athens Drive, including a 5-20 record this year.
He spent two years prior to that at another Tri-Nine school, Panther Creek, coaching the junior varsity. Running into familiar faces is something hes gotten used to.
Its always kind of an awkward situation, but I already have experience coming from Panther Creek and coaching JV and varsity over there, Daly said. Its great to see people and see how the girls are developing, so its a double-edged sword if you will.
Daly will replace Donald Kent, who was 31-19 over the past two seasons and made the third round of the 4A playoffs this past season.
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