MACU hires interim women’s coach

By Owen Hassell

The Daily Advance

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It’s about the here and now for Mid-Atlantic Christian University’s women’s basketball program. That doesn’t mean newly hired interim coach Charlie Troxell hasn’t glanced at the future.

“I guess the door is open for next fall, but with the speed of everything, right now the focus is on this season,” Troxell said. “But I’m moving forward as if I’ll be there next fall.”

Troxell has taken the interim helm as the program’s second coach in its inaugural season, replacing Michael Cisero for the team’s final nine regular season games, as well as potential tournament play.

The Portsmouth, Va. native will begin duties on Jan. 13, just two days prior to the team’s next game against Bennett College at home.

MACU athletic director Neal Alligood said the midseason change was a matter of making a quick hire. However, with five years of head coaching experience with girls at the middle and high school level, as well as a ministry background, Alligood added the hire was strong for the present time.

“Coach Troxell is very excited about this opportunity,” Alligood said. “His passion for and knowledge of the game qualify him for stepping into this position at midseason. He knows there is a lot of work ahead, and he is definitely up for the task and ready to start the spring season.”

Alligood, who is also the school’s men’s basketball coach, said at the end of the season Troxell could be a candidate for the position on a permanent basis.

Troxell, 31, has spent the past few seasons as girls coach at Stonebridge Middle School in Portsmouth, a private Christian school. He also works as a campus pastor at a Newport News, Va. church.

For now he wants to ensure progress is being made for the Lady Mustangs, who enter 2013 with a 2-10 record but will play seven of its final nine regular season games at Chesson Gym.

And one of those victories was against MACU’s next opponent, a 74-66 win at Bennett on Nov. 28.

He is starting to look at game film to catch up in a hurry as a midseason replacement coach.

As the season moves on, Troxell believes he can strengthen the team’s depth and help the program’s overall growth.

“I think it’s a good opportunity to get things going in the right direction,” Troxell said. “I’m coming in with a clean slate, so I will work hard and see what we can do the rest of the season.

“It’s definitely going to be a work in progress. We have two days of practice before our first game, and the first game will be a work in progress in itself. I want to win them all no doubt, but realistically we know it’ll be a lot of hard work.”