Long Time CSAS Coach Mark Dragoo Announces His Retirement
Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Long time CSAS basketball coach Mark Dragoo announced his retirement this summer.
He arrived at CSAS in 1989, helping kick-start the school’s varsity sports programs. Now Dragoo just wants to kick-back on his own schedule.
Mark Dragoo may have thought his CSAS coaching career was going to end before it even got started.
Said Dragoo:”The principal was new, and I was new. He said whatever we need just. Just order it. I went and ordered all the uniforms and all the equipment and everything we needed. He said that’s good. Well about two days later people from central office came in and about 8 or 10 of them came into his office, and he and I were brought in there. What are you doing? This isn’t how it works. You’ve got to get PO’s and requisitions and permisson. I’m like the principal said order it. We ordered it. He said yeah. We needed it. We ordered it. And they said you can’t do that. Do you have money? I said we don’t know. It’s a new school.”
Before those new uniforms could get dirty, Dragoo owned a school record.
Said Dragoo:”After we won our fourth game my first year. I was the all time winningest coach in high school basketball because they won three games the previous year.”
So Dragoo leaves as the Patriots winningest coach, and with the floor named in his honor.
Said Dragoo:”Well I have three grand children that go there. Zach’s three kids go there. They’ll say oh, that’s Papa’s court. Oh that’s my name too you know.”
Papa has a brand new bag kids. It’s called retirement.
Said Dragoo:”The ten o’clock or 11 o’clock at night coming home. You know practices on Saturday and Sunday. I’ve done that for 41 years. 100 miles-an-hour. 41 years. My wife kept saying it’s time. We have nine grand children ten and under, and she has spent more time with them than I have.”
Dragoo will still be close to the program, especially since his son Zach coaches there.
Said Dragoo:”When he was at team camp, and I was in Florida a couple of weeks ago. He would send me the film. He would call me and Dad, what do you think about that. I always say this is what I think, but you’re the head coach. If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life, and I haven’t worked a day in my life. I consider that a great blessing. Thankful for that.”