This article is the third of a summer series of "Get to Know" sessions with various high school and middle school coaches in Dawson County.
Each week a coach will be featured answering questions about their personal lives and coaching careers.
This interview is with Wes Greer, head golf coach at Dawson County High School, as well as an assistant for the boys' basketball program.
How many years have you been coaching and in what sports?
I have been coaching for 14 years. I have coached boys and girls golf, boys and girls basketball, softball, football and track.
How many years have you been at Dawson County High School?
I will be starting my 10th year at Dawson County this fall.
What led you to become the golf coach?
The position was opened when I applied for my first teaching job in Tennessee. The principal asked me if I played golf and I told him that I had played the day before the interview. What he did not know was it was the first time I had ever played in my life. It is funny how things work out. I took the job and literally learned on the job.
Tell me about your golf team.
My boys' team has a solid core coming back this next season. With Jake Phillips, David Ford, Justin Moore, Jeffrey Partain and Jordan Parson all being experienced. Hunter Burt will be a sophomore with state tournament experience under his belt.
The group has seen two seasons of just missing the state tournament by a total of 12 strokes.
They know what it will take to make that next step and it will help that we plan on hosting the region tournament at Crystal Falls this season.
The girl's team should be much improved this coming year. Madison Caldwell will be a senior, finishing up a stellar career at Dawson County. She will look to get the one championship that she is missing, the elusive individual state championship. Hannah McConnell will be the other senior looking to improve on her game from last season.
Tell me about your family.
I have been married to my wife, Jerri, for 18 years.
Jerri is the pre-school facilitator for Dawson County schools. We have a son, Coty who is 17, and a daughter Faith, who is 13. Coty graduated from Dawson County this year and will be attending the University of North Georgia in the fall. Faith will be a freshman this year at Dawson County High School.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in rural West Tennessee, in a little town called Dresden.
What high school did you attend?
I graduated from Dresden High School.
Did you play sports there? Did you receive any accolades academically or in athletics?
I played four years of basketball at Dresden and was fortunate to be a part of an Elite Eight team as a freshman, a Final Four team as a sophomore, and a Sweet Sixteen team as a senior.
What are your college degrees?
I have a bachelors degree in secondary education history from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a masters degree in secondary education history from Piedmont College.
What do you teach at the high school?
I teach World and U.S. History.
What are your hobbies?
I don't really have any hobbies. Being a husband, father and coach takes up most of my time. I do enjoy traveling to new places when I have the time. I guess that would be my hobby.
What is one thing that people don't know about you?
Teaching was not my first profession. I was an electrician and machinist before returning to college to finish my degree.
What are your goals as a coach?
My goals are simple: To see the players improve. If they are improving, all other parts of the game become easy. I would like to see this upcoming group to win the region and compete in the state tournament. The ultimate goal is to win a state championship.
How long do you think you will coach?
I plan on coaching until I retire from teaching. That means I have a lot more coaching to do before I am done.
What do you like best about coaching and teaching at Dawson County High School?
I enjoy everything about coaching at Dawson County. From working with some of the best coaches in the state to coaching kids that love the sport and want to be better players. I have been very fortunate to have great parent support as well.
If you could do one thing in life, what would it be?
I would love to be the head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. Go Big Blue!