Q&A with MPJH’s Ferguson

The Tribune’s Cody Morris recently sat down with Mount Pleasant Junior High Boys Athletic Coordinator Stephen Ferguson for a wide-ranging interview.

Tell me a little about yourself.

I grew up in Clinton Arkansas and attended Ouachita Baptist University and graduated in 1979. After coaching four years in McKinney, Texas, I went into private business. I bought the Domino’s Pizza franchise in Mount Pleasant and later Sulphur Springs. But, I missed coaching, so I returned to coaching in the fall of 2000 and I have been at the Junior High since then. I am married to Dianna Ferguson for 33 years — we have two grown kids, Heather and Will.

What sports do you coach?

Football, basketball and track.

How long have you been coaching?

I have been coaching for 22 years.

What was your greatest accomplishment with Mount Pleasant?

We have been able to win four district championships in track over the past seven years, one championship in basketball in the past four years. In football we have had one losing season in the past 11 years, and were able to win the district championship this year.

How did you get into coaching?

I had great coaches while I was in junior high and high school. I just knew from that point, I wanted to be able to make a difference in a student’s life.

What are your expectations for the junior high boys basketball season?

For the kids to work hard, just like they did during football season.

What have the boys done in the offseason to get ready for the year?

They work hard every day in the weight room and during our conditioning period.

As the head coach, how would you describe your teams’ style of play?

We try to play aggressive but under control when pushing the ball.

How did the junior high boys basketball team finish last season?

Our current eighth grade came in second in district while only losing three games.

Who presents the biggest challenge in the district this season?

Texas Middle School won the district last year.

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