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Spencer and Leigh Segrest
 
By CHUCK HATHCOCK
Sports Editor

  Spencer Segrest developed his coaching style working as an assistant coach in the basketball hotbed of Jackson.
  Now, the 27-year old comes to Grenada to take over the boys basketball job at Kirk Academy.  He replaces Cliff McCain leading the program. Segrest will also double as the school’s Athletic Director.
  “I’m excited and blessed about the opportunity the board has given me to run the boys’ basketball program and also to oversee all the athletic programs at Kirk Academy,” Segrest said.  “First, I think Kirk is a place that you can be highly competitive. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and commitment. The resources and support are there to be successful.”
  Segrest is a graduate of Madison Central High School. He went on to Mississippi State University to get his Bachelor’s Degree in physical education with a concentration in teaching/coaching. Segrest earned his Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Supervision with a 4.0 GPA.
  “We are excited to have Spencer as part of the Kirk Academy family,” Kirk Board President Brent Thomas said. “He brings energy and excitement to the program and to the school.”
Thomas said that they knew early in the interview process that Segrest was the man for the position.
  “We knew early that he was the right man for the job,” Thomas said. “He came in with a plan for the program and how to turn things around.”
Atmosphere
  Segrest wants a family type atmosphere where people want to come out and support the school and athletes.
  “We want Kirk Academy to be a family,” Segrest said. “I feel like that is very important to any success.”
Top programs
  Segrest’s coaching background took him to Ridgeland High School and his alma mater, Madison Central.
  “I was able to learn from two outstanding coaches in Rod Davidson (Ridgeland) and Jeff Heath (Madison Central),” Segrest said. “It was a big responsibility coaching at two great programs. I was very fortunate to be around some outstanding coaches and players.”
  He has worked several camps during the summer including Florida State.
From an administration standpoint, Segrest learned from current Mississippi College Athletic Director Mike Jones. He is currently pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration, this time from Mississippi College.
  “Coach Jones showed me a lot from the administration standpoint of athletics,” Segrest said. “It has gotten me prepared from the Athletic Director side.”
Philosophy
  Like most coaches, Segrest has a coaching philosophy that he lives by and feels like it is important to use to be successful.
  “Offensively, we want high percentage shots,” Segrest said. “We won’t have a go-to guy, just an open guy. Defensively, we need to be able to guard man-to-man. Overall, skill development is important. You have to be able to dribble, pass, and shoot.”
  Segrest wants to make sure that his team will be prepared each and every time they  take the floor.
  “I want us to always be prepared,” Segrest said. “If we come up short in a game, I want us to be able to say we got beat, not that we lost. I want our teams to be able to say that we gave our best effort.”
  Segrest is married to the former Leigh Merritt.


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