Meade Named Head Coach At Valley Elementary; Adds Doe Doe Rowe To Staff

Valley Elementary tabbed John Meade as its new boys basketball head coach recently. Meade brings a lot of knowledge and great staff, including the legendary Doe Doe Rowe, with him to the position.

“I am blessed beyond measure to join the Wildcat Family,” Meade said. “Over the last 18 years I have had the honor to build lasting relationships both on and off the court. Today is a celebration for every athlete, coach and mentor that has made today possible.”

Meade also feels that his basketball background and staff will make a huge difference.

“Basketball has been a part of my life since I can remember,” he explained. “I was surrounded by coaches that made an impact on my life from an early age and lasted through my playing days at Alice Lloyd College. Surrounding myself with the correct people has made my journey into coaching an easy transition. I trust and lean on my staff to help grown and lead my teams. It takes an army.”

Among those names on his staff is legendary coach Doe Doe Rowe. Meade is thrilled and excited to have such an accomplished coach on his staff.

“When you talk about names that demand respect ‘Rowe’ is certainly in that conversation,” noted Meade. “When I first inquired about the position, Coach Doe Doe Rowe was my first phone call. I’ve watched him develop athletes for Shelby Valley for decades. Player development is what all programs need especially at the Middle School Level. As expected, once I was hired he was my first choice. To be honest, I didn’t think he would accept the position given his extensive background in coaching and his daughter (Cassidy Rowe) currently playing for the University of Kentucky. However, in true Coach Rowe fashion he is showing servant leadership. His response, ‘I’ll be there every chance I get.’ His value to our process is immeasurable.”

Meade said that it’s now time to get to work and focus on the program.

“There are so many people that deserve recognition,” he said. “I don’t want to leave anyone out. I just want to make sure they all know that I try to incorporate the values, morals and work ethic that each instilled in me. However, I don’t want today to be about me. I want the focus to be on our players. We have some of the most talented and dedicated athletes you will find anywhere. I walked into a program that has multi-sport athletes that excel in the classroom also. They wear ‘Valley’ across their chest with pride.”

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