Calloway County High School introduced Maddie Waldrop as the new girls’ head basketball coach at a press conference at CCHS on Friday, August 20. Waldrop was introduced on the back steps of the CCHS gym after meeting with her new players. Waldrop replaces Valerie Waller, who resigned this summer after six seasons with the Lady Lakers.
“I’m happy to be a Laker,” said Waldrop. “It’s very exciting. I had the opportunity to work with some of the girls this summer and it was really rewarding seeing them grow. This fall, a lot of our girls are in other sports, but the ones we have now will be getting to know each other and getting in the best shape possible.”
Waldrop has a wealth of experience in basketball at the college and high school levels. She was a standout for four seasons at UT Martin in the Ohio Valley Conference. In her time at UTM, she was All-OVC First Team in 2019-20, OVC All-Tournament Team in 2020-21, and a two-time Preseason All-OVC selection. She leaves UT Martin with 1092 points, third all-time in rebounds, and sixth all time in blocks. In high school, she scored over 2000 points and had over 1000 rebounds in Kentucky. She was a two-time All-State selection, four-time All-Purchase selection, the 2014 Paducah Sun Player of the Year, the 2016 WPSD Athlete of the Year, and the 2017 First Region MVP.
Waldrop is not only impressive in basketball, but also in the classroom. At UT Martin, she was on the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll all four years of college. She also won the OVC Medal of Honor in 2018 and 2021. She will graduate in December from UT Martin with a degree in mathematics and secondary education.
"We are thrilled that Coach Waldrop has become a Laker. She is a great addition to our school district and we are excited to see what she can accomplish. Maddie is such an impressive person and I know our girls will learn from her on and off the court,” said CCHS Athletic Director Greg Butler.
Waldrop plans to use her playing experience to mold her own coaching style.
“Coach Turner and Coach McMillen were both focused on execution, doing things right, working on the fundamentals. We will focus on the little things that will help us get to the next level.”