Eldridge McAdams may be a new face in a new place, but his goals are still the same.
After a successful career at New Waverly, McAdams was hired in May to be the new girls basketball coach at Copperas Cove.
McAdams held his first practice at Copperas Cove on Wednesday during the first day that the University Interscholastic League allowed girls basketball teams to begin working out.
“We just want to be successful,” the new coach said. “Of course we want to make the playoffs. We want to play good basketball and let the chips fall where they may.”
McAdams takes over a program that made its first playoff appearance since 2010 last season. Under former head coach Teresa Durham, the Lady Bulldawgs went 24-10 and lost in the opening round of the postseason.
McAdams comes to Cove after a season as an assistant at A&M Consolidated and has had a successful head coaching stint at the 2A level.
In a six-year run at New Waverly that began in 2006, the team won at least 20 games each season and reached the regional quarterfinals and regional semifinals in consecutive seasons.
McAdams graduated from Huntsville in 1992 and played baseball at Northlake Community College in Irving then Tarleton State.
For Cove senior post Tateyana Harris, the first thing she noticed about McAdams is how energetic he is.
“We can tell that he really wants us to go far and he really cares for us,” Harris said while trying to catch her breath between drills.
McAdams said that he wants to put his imprint on the program and the biggest way to do that is by getting defensive.
The new coach plans on making Lady Bulldawgs more tenacious and letting the opposition know they’ll have to work to get quality shots off.
“We’re going to try to out work you, we’re going to try to use our athletic ability, try to force turnovers,” McAdams said. “We’re going to try to make you mess up, and while you’re messing up, try to capitalize on that.”
Senior point guard Brittany Gamble said the message has sunk in and the returning All-District 8-5A second teamer enters the season with a lot of enthusiasm.
“I’m very excited,” Gamble said. “It’s my senior year and my last, first basketball practice. I’m ready to get out there, our main goal is to get what we all want, (a) district (title).”