JD’s Posey retires from coaching
By Graham Dunn
Terry Posey has been coaching basketball in some capacity since 1981.
That run officially came to an end on Tuesday.
The longtime boys coach and athletic director at Jeff Davis High School announced his retirement, ending a 20-year run at the school and a career of 33 years in the sport.
“I know I’m going to miss it but it’s time,” Posey said. “It became real (Wednesday) when the kids went to the weight room and I didn’t go with them.”
Posey led the Volunteers to a state title in 2006 and a runner-up finish the following year. The team in ’06 won 35 games.
But it was the teams that didn’t have the great records that he remembers most.
“I know you are always raised on success in how many wins you have but I think the teams were the most fun were the ones that didn’t win many games,” he said. “I can’t pick a team over any other. The one thing I enjoyed is they all worked hard.
“Wins and losses are measured but kids learning responsibilities and values are most important to me.”
Posey’s career began at the junior high level, coaching Cloverdale from 1981-85. He moved to Pensacola, Fla. where he spent 13 years, mostly at Pine Forest High School with a short stint at Pensacola Junior College.
In 1998, he got the call to return to Montgomery and Jeff Davis and began a career that spanned 20 years. He was part of a great coaching fraternity at the time that included other legends such as Dan Lewis, Bernard Boyd and Floyd Mathews.
While rivalries had been established prior to his return, they got better with the addition of Posey.
“It seemed like every time you played (a city team) there was a huge crowd,” Posey said. “(Former G.W. Carver coach) Dan Lewis brought a special toughness to the game. Selma would come over here and (coach) Willie Maxie coached some fine teams. Floyd (Matthews) was historic taking state championships at St. Jude and Sidney Lanier.”
Current Carver coach J.J. Jackson remembered when he took the job, Posey was ready to help.
“He gave me great advice,” Jackson said. “He told me some tricks of the trade. I appreciate him for what he did not only for Jeff Davis but also for the city of Montgomery and basketball here.”
Jackson won his share against Posey but also lost a few. He will always remember how tough the JD teams were under Posey.
“We still have a saying at Carver… I don’t care when you play Jeff Davis, you can expect them to shoot the ball extremely well,” he said. “They were athletic. They may not have the “over the top” athletes every year but they always shot it well.”
Posey will trade his whistle for golf clubs from this point.
“I’m playing today,” he said.