MASSILLON — Tigertown just picked itself up another proven winner.
In search of a girls basketball coach after Mark Green’s recently concluded run at Massillon, the board of education unanimously gave 2007 Wadsworth graduate Cassie Schrock the position during its monthly board meeting Monday night.
She will also be a parent coordinator at the junior high.
While it will be Schrock’s first gig as a head coach, the three-time Gazette MVP has found success at every level.
A four-year letterwinner with the Grizzlies, she was a first-team All-Ohioan and the Northeast Inland District co-Player of the Year as a senior. In her time at Wadsworth, she led the Grizzlies to a Division I state semifinal appearance in 2006 and finished as the second-leading scorer in school history with 1,391 points.
Schrock, 25, helped Eastern Michigan to three runner-up finishes in the Mid-American Conference West Division and ranks in the top 10 in school history in assists (2nd, 537), games played (3rd, 126), points (5th, 1,506), rebounds (5th, 761), field goal attempts (8th, 1,181), steals (8th, 224), and scoring average (10th, 12.0).
Her 584 free throws made and 811 free throws attempted are tops in school history and rank third and second, respectively, in MAC annals. She was also a second-team all-conference selection as a senior.
“It’s all I know,” Schrock said. “I’m a winner. I’m competitive. I’ve been around a great program at Wadsworth. I’ve been around (Wadsworth) Coach (Andrew) Booth. He played a big part, other than my father, in leading me to this job.
“It’s who I am. My father put the drive in me. This all comes with hard work. We’ll put in the work starting (today). I hope I rub off on people with my attitude. I want to win.”
Schrock comes to a program that went 93-61 under Green and posted five winning seasons in his seven-year stint. Last season, the Tigers finished 11-12.
It’s not as if Schrock is going to a school with no coaching experience. She was an assistant with her legendary father Denny at Chippewa the last two seasons. The Chipps went 19-4 and 22-2.
Brother D.J. also serves as Wadsworth’s junior varsity boys coach.
“I’m young, taking on this big program,” she said. “It hasn’t hit me. People are texting me, congratulating me, but it’s in the family. We want to win. We want to build our own programs. We want to build our own legacy.
“It was very tough to leave my dad. That was probably the hardest decision to make. He was a little biased toward Chippewa. I’ve built these memories with my dad. These are memories I can’t replace. Our bond grew over that time. It wasn’t easy. He’s finally getting around to the fact I’m going to be gone. He said he’ll miss me, but it’s time to spread my wings and fly a little bit.”
Shrock is only seven years removed from high school, so she hopes to use that to her advantage as she helps mold the next generation.
Schrock saw how the players at Chippewa gravitated toward her on the basketball court and hopes Massillon’s do the same.
“I know what it takes to get to the next level,” she said. “I know what it takes to play in college. The girls are eager for that. I know how the recruiting process works. They know that. They ask the questions. It’s not going to be easy. You have to work.”
As for the task of coaching in a town that expects to win, Schrock is ready to hit the ground running.
“All my life people expected me to win,” she said. “They expected me to be successful at Wadsworth. People expected me to compete in college.
“I don’t look at it as pressure. If it is, I accept it. I look at it as a challenge. I want to win, too. I want to bring the success to them. It’s nothing I’m not used to.”
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