Ringgold Girls Basketball Team Feeding Off Passion of Coach Stockburger
Ringgold, GA-(WDEF) When Margaret Stockburger retired a few years ago as the head basketball coach at Northwest Whitfield, she thought she was done with coaching. Then she took a job at her alma mater Ringgold, coaching the girls middle school team.
But after Ringgold’s high school team went winless three years ago, Stockburger came aboard, and the Tigers have been going gangbusters ever since.
State tournament wins must be especially gratifying for Ringgold’s Bethany Headrick because she was on that Tigers team that hit rock bottom with an 0-26 record.
Said Headrick-“It was an emotional roller coaster. We were not put together. We were not a family like we are now.”
In steps Margaret Stockburger as the head coach.
Said guard Sydney Shutters-“And she’s so passionate about it.”
Do you think?
Said Shutters-“When we see her face turn red, and those veins are popping out of her neck, we know she’s mad, and we better get it together.”
Said Stockburger-“Oh I get all kinds of comments. You’re so intense in a ballgame that the veins pop out in your neck and everything else. You know if I’m not going to get intense, then I don’t need to be here coaching.”
Added Shutters-“It gets us riled up and pumped up. She just wants us to have energy and enthusiasm out on the court.”
And Stockburger had Ringgold riled up in her first season, as they reached a lofty goal.
Said Stockburger-“You know our goal the first year was to at least qualify for the state tournament, which we did.”
In year two, the turnaround continued as the Tigers beat one of their big rivals.
Said Headrick-“Heritage actually. They blew us out over and over again. I had never beaten them. Then my junior year after our rebuilding year, we beat them twice. Both times by like twenty.”
And now in year three, Ringgold has already claimed two victories in the state tournament, including one Tuesday night over East hall.
Reporter-“Just how much fun is it right now?”
Said Headrick-“It’s exhilarating.”
Added Stockburger-“I love their emotion and intensity and the love for the game.”