GREENSBORO – C.B. McGrath, pushed from the nest in Chapel Hill for a soft landing in Wilmington, is already giving basketball clinics.
McGrath had the attention of several hundred high school coaches this morning on the first day of the N.C. Coaches Association Clinic and All-Star Games. He stood inside the Field House at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex and drew up intricate plays and diagrams before the rapt attentiveness of most of the high school basketball coaches in the state.
And he’s never coached a game in his life at the varsity college level.
McGrath was Roy Williams’ trusted assistant at North Carolina for the past 14 seasons, a former Kansas point guard who played for Williams and the long-time junior varsity coach of the Tar Heels. That’s where McGrath first learned the trade and applied much of what he taught in front of empty seats and arena workers cleaning up the Dean Dome in the hours before Carolina’s varsity would play before a full house and national audience.
His story is a lot like that of Williams.
And so is his theory of fast-break basketball.
That came as no surprise to those who sat in the stands and watched, coaches such as Greensboro Day’s Freddy Johnson and others from the Triad.
This was an important day for McGrath, whose UNCW program is in the formative stage. He has spent a lot of time teaching his players the exact things he was teaching the high school coaches, the precepts of half-court defense, the foundational principles of program building and the Carolina secondary break.
Summer is time for learning, and four months after the high school seasons ended and fourth months before they begin again, the coaches had their notebooks and playbooks open for all to see.
Rick Anderson from Mount Tabor sat with Brittany Cox from nearby West Forsyth, rival schools who have played some of…