Athletics Runs Deep in TMS Eighth Grader’s Family

| June 23, 2014

Jayah-McCoggle THOMASVILLE, GA – That Thomasville Middle School eighth-grader Jayah McCoggle is an excellent basketball player should come as no surprise to anyone who knows her family. Her late grandfather, Dr. William McCoggle, was a basketball coach for over 30 years at Palmetto High School in Miami and is a member of the Florida A&M athletic Hall of Fame. Her father, Tavarius McCoggle, was also a coach and a very good player in his own right. An uncle played basketball overseas. The question never was would Jayah McCoggle be a good player. Instead, it was how good of a player would she become?

The interesting thing about McCoggle is prior to her sixth-grade year, she had never played competitive basketball. She had been to camps and she had worked with her father on the fundamentals of the game. She hadn’t, however, played any organized basketball. That year, she went out for the team and earned a roster spot. The reason she wasn’t able to play basketball was simple: her schedule wouldn’t allow it. McCoggle was also participating in gymnastics and there wasn’t time to do both. So she worked out with her father at the gym and went to gymnastics the rest of the time. By the time she was in the sixth grade, she had worked her schedule to the point that she could go out for basketball. “I just love basketball,” she says. “I just love the game. That’s all I can say.”

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