When you take over a program that returned no offensive starters in one of the toughest districts in the state, the odds are heavily stacked against a coach from the opening bell. Combined with that same team starting off 0-5 overall and 0-2 in district, and it takes a special coach leading a special group if you plan on seeing any postseason action.
This is exactly what McKinney head coach Marcus Shavers did this fall.
Shavers’ work with the Lions in his first year on the job will not be forgotten anytime soon as he led an inexperienced team into the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Little did many know at the time, but Shavers’ first win as head coach of the Lions over Plano Senior, which came on the heels of McKinney’s worst lost of the season the previous week to Allen, would be their biggest of the year.
The upset victory over Plano was the catalyst to McKinney winning four of its last five games and gave the Lions the head-to-head tiebreaker needed to reach the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Furthermore, Shavers also led McKinney to its first “Crosstown Showdown” victory over Boyd in nine years and changed the entire culture of the athletic program.