Wayne County High School Lady Cats Head Coach Molly Ashley recently received the honor of being named the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee (BCAT) Class A Coach of the Year.
The idea of forming the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee, or BCAT, was conceived in the spring of 2007 by several coaches throughout the state. Twenty or so coaches met at Diamond Oaks Golf Course in Trenton, TN to enjoy a round of golf, fellowship with one another, and discuss several issues that were of grave concern regarding new rules and regulations that were adopted by the governing body, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. After much discussion, the coaches present decided it was in the best interest of the game of basketball in Tennessee that a state coaches’ association be formed.
Since the BCAT was organized, they have been awarding outstanding Tennessee basketball coaches annually. Coach Molly Ashley is the recipient of the 2021-22 Pat Summit Class A Coach of the Year Award. Coach Ashley was a standout basketball player during her years at WCHS, helping lead the Lady Cats to a State Championship in 2001 (her Senior year).
After graduating from WCHS, Coach Ashley earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Union University in 2005. She then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Theory from Arkansas State University in 2011 and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Bethel University in 2014. She began her teaching and coaching career at West Carroll Jr./Sr. High School and was Principal at West Carroll Elementary for four years.
Coach Ashley returned to her alma mater, Wayne County High School, in 2018. The BCAT award she recently received is proof of not only her success as a coach, but of the impact she has on the young ladies she coaches every day.