E.A. Sports Today

Ware doubles up

Veteran basketball coach adds Faith girls to resume, becomes third in the county to coach both varsities at his school; Faith also names volleyball coach 

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today
Man, Schuessler Ware must have really missed coaching.
Five weeks after coming out of retirement to become Faith Christian’s boys basketball coach, he added the Lions’ girls head coaching job to his resume.


“I said it was a home run when we hired him; it’s a back-to-back home run now,” said Jason Pahman, the Lions’ baseball coach and assistant on both of Ware’s new basketball teams.
Ware, 64, succeeds Casey Farr as the girls coach. Farr will remain as the school’s athletics director. 
Ware retired from Anniston in 2016 after 19 seasons with more than 420 wins, seven county titles, 14 area titles, five Final Four appearances and two state titles. His final game was a 45-43 loss “we should have won” to top-ranked J.O. Johnson in the 2016 Northeast Regional final.

When he jumped back into it in February he said he missed coaching. He has never coached girls basketball before but is excited about the challenge. He joins Ohatchee’s Bryant Ginn and Donoho’s Korielle Beavers as Calhoun County coaches overseeing boys and girls varsity teams.
“I had the time,” he said. I’ve been working them out and conditioning and thought I might as well go ahead and do that, too.
“I want to make a difference. If they get in and do what I ask them to do – work hard – we’ll be OK.”
Faith Christian also is welcoming a new volleyball coach. Rachael Anderson will succeed Justin Kisor, who also was the Lions’ boys basketball coach and left to become volleyball coach at Pell City. Anderson is a Nebraska native who played scholastically in Daytona Beach. She has been coaching club volleyball for SouthJamm.
Speaking of volleyball, White Plains will have a new head coach who has yet to be named.

File photos by Kristen Stringer

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