Everett High School Vice Principal Cory McCarthy will be the featured speaker at the city’s Virtual Youth Coaching Clinic scheduled for Monday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
McCarthy’s remarkable success as an administrator and coach at New Mission Charter School in Hyde Park is well-known in the basketball community and beyond.
McCarthy founded the girls basketball program at New Mission and his teams were so successful in Charter School state tournament competition that it was gently suggested that he consider a move to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).
McCarthy accepted the new challenge and in 2007 he led the New Mission girls team to the MIAA Division 4 state championship. He then took his talents – as LeBron James might say – over to the New Mission boys basketball program and won four more state titles. His incomparable Division 4 state championship team produced six scholarship basketball players.
McCarthy will speak at the Virtual Youth Coaching Clinic as part of a multi-part series called “Bridging The Gap Between Sports And Education.” All Everett high school coaches, youth sports coaches, and aspiring coaches are welcome to participate. McCarthy said he will cover the following topics in his remarks: program development, character development, how to develop young athletes and families and bring them along through a program, how to create a trajectory for athletes from as young as 6-7 years old all the way through college, and how to improve as a coach.
As transcendent as his athletic program-building skills were at New Mission, he earned a reputation throughout the city for creating a high-achieving academic environment at the school. As athletic director and dean of students at New Mission, McCarthy paved the way for virtually all of the NM student-athletes to attend four-year colleges.
“That’s what I’m most proud of,” said McCarthy, who was also the New Mission softball coach for 12 years.
During his reign at New Mission, the school became one of the highest-performing schools in the City of Boston. “A lot of our success was built through sports,” said McCarthy. “It allowed us to really challenge our students and it motivated us to have advanced classes and build relationships with college and universities. All of a sudden, our graduation percentage was 98 percent.”
This year McCarthy joined with Lynn English head coach Antonio Anderson and BABC Coach Jamal Griffin in founding the Urban Basketball Coaches Association. The organization has conducted a multi-town food distribution drive, launched degree-completion programs for coaches, and mentored coaches on building programs in urban cities.
McCarthy was asked about the Greater Boston League’s unanimous decision to admit Lynn Classical and Lynn English to the league in September, 2021.
“I can’t wait for them to join us – we need that sort of push,” said McCarthy. “Their addition is really going to make the GBL a true force. Collaboratively we can build all of our sports programs and work to elevate all of our programs.”
Coaches interested in participating in the Virtual Youth Coaching Clinic can email [email protected]