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 won’t 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, I would like to at least see if that would work for me,” Daly said. “It’s not an Athens thing at all. It’s 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.
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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 he’s used to.
“It’s always kind of an awkward situation, but I already have experience coming from Panther Creek and coaching JV and varsity over there,” Daly said. “It’s great to see people and see how the girls are developing, so it’s 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.