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Macomb County Coaches HOF inductee Thomas Dailey

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The Macomb County Coaches Hall of Fame will welcome its newest members at a ceremony on April 27 at Wyndham Garden, 15 Mile and Van Dyke, Sterling Heights. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Thomas Dailey

Sure talent wins games.

It is tough to compete in basketball with a 5-10 center and a shooting guard who can neither shoot nor guard anyone very well.

But to figure out an MVP, look beyond the roster. Longtime basketball coach Thomas Dailey knows that.

“As any truthful coach will admit, it would be impossible to coach without the complete support of a spouse,” said Dailey. “My wife, Sharon, was my strongest supporter and my most honest critic. A teacher at Sterling, she smoothed over many ruffled feathers of some of my players. There would have been no career in coaching, much less any success, without her backing and help.”

Dailey’s coaching career began in 1967 at Hartsig Junior High School. Two years later, he transferred to Carter Junior High, which was just opening. He spent three years there before moving to C.S. Mott High School. He later coached at Sterling Heights High, as well as Warren-Mott.

“I began my coaching career at Hartsig Junior High in the fall of 1967 at the urgings of Loy Barker and Dick Christy. My first coaching duties involved coaching eighth-grade football with Coach Jerry Kitka. In 1969 I transferred to a newly opening school, Carter Junior High, and added eighth-grade basketball to my coaching repertoire. Three years later I found myself coaching both football and basketball at the ninth-grade level. It was during this time period that I realized how much I enjoyed coaching basketball, and how much I had to learn about the game,” said Dailey.

“I rededicated myself to becoming serious about basketball and began to experience some definite success with a 29-1 record over my last three years as a ninth-grade coach. My next stop was as a junior varsity coach at Cousino High School where I had the good fortune to work on Drew Pisha’s staff. I learned considerably from Drew about putting together a consistent program and yet keeping the time commitment from the athletes at a reasonable level. Working with Drew also helped me to improve my game management skills and to better my pre-practice preparation,” he continued.

“Following my three years at Cousino, I was hired as the varsity boys’ coach at Warren Mott. During my second year at Mott, we managed to win the (MAC) American Division championship. One more year at Mott and I transferred to Sterling Heights where I served as Dick Christy’s J.V. coach and accepted the girls’ varsity position.

“While at Sterling I first appreciated the dedication and determination of female athletes. Our girls teams were outstanding for the next 23 years. We managed to win eight Red Division championships and eight district championships. We were blessed with incredibly good athletes who also stood out in the classroom and in their character. Nineteen of these young ladies went on to play at the next level. I was fortunate to have worked with such outstandingly talented players,” continued Dailey.

During those years, his girls basketball teams compiled a 342-125 record. He was named East Area Coach of the Year four times, Suburban Coach of the Year three times and was twice the Macomb County Coach of the Year.

Last Updated: 4/20/2017 5:15:28 PM EST