The Evangelical Christian School announced Tuesday Madison Barker is taking over its girls basketball program.
Barker, who played four years of varsity basketball at Fort Myers from 2007-2011, spent the 2017-18 season as the third assistant for her alma mater and was part of the Green Wave’s third straight state champion coaching staff.
The Sentinels went 9-11 last year under first-year coach Sheree Thompson, who was the team’s third coach in three seasons.
“I want girls to fall in love with the process of being great, in basketball, school and life,” Baker said in a news release. “I want to instill that with diligence, discipline, and sacrifice. Basketball is a sport I have loved since I was a young girl. I want them to love it too. Basketball can bring so many wonderful opportunities if you are willing to receive them. I want to help the girls become accountable, coachable, and have strong character so that they can go out into the world and become who they are meant to be. My goal as a coach is for my team to become a family. A family who communicates on and off the court, and who can come together to work for one common goal.”
Barker played at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia, and spent her senior season as a volunteer assistant coach. She graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in History and is a teacher at Heights Elementary School.