Five years ago seemed like the right time for Brad Mefford to step away from coaching.
Now seems like the right time to step back into the profession.
Mefford, 44, was recently hired as the head girls basketball coach at Fern Creek High School in Louisville.
“They called and said they had an opening,” Mefford said. “I talked it over with my family. God is in charge of everything. You try to plan everything out, and you can’t always do it.
“Everything fell into place, and it felt like what I should do.”
Mefford’s last coaching job was as the head boys basketball coach at Woodford County High School, a position he held for three years. He’s also been the head boys basketball coach at Frankfort High and served as an assistant boys basketball coach at Franklin County.
“I kind of got out of it for my family,” Mefford said. “Coaching is such a big time commitment, and all the kids were involved in different activities.
“I stepped away because of the kids while they were growing up, but I started to get the itch for it again like most coaches do. It’s a lot harder to sit in the stands and watch when you’ve coached before.”
Mefford and his wife, Valerie, have three children. Cody graduated from FCHS last year, Caroline just completed her sophomore year at Woodford County, and Catherine will be a seventh-grader in the fall. Caroline will be attending Fern Creek next year.
Mefford has resigned from Elkhorn Middle School, where he was a teacher and the athletic director, among other duties.
He’ll be teaching biology, anatomy and physiology at Fern Creek.
The new job will be something of a homecoming for Mefford, who lived in the Fern Creek area from the age of 4 until he was 12.
“I’ve been in the school,” he said. “I’d go when they had open gyms. It’s kind of like déjà vu going back. It’s kind of weird going back, but it’s exciting at the same time.
“It’s been fun, too, meeting some people I played sports with as a youth, some I haven’t seen since 30 years ago.”
Brad and Valerie Mefford are both graduates of Western Hills and Millgan College, where they both played basketball.
This will be the first time Mefford has been a head coach for a girls basketball team, although he has been working with Kentucky Premier, an AAU program for girls basketball.
Fern Creek went 12-16 last season, closing out the year by going 1-1 in the five-team 24th District.
Mefford is ready to get back to teaching the game.
“I think teaching is probably my favorite part of coaching,” he said. “I like the off-season best, in the summer working with groups where you can really teach the game.
“I like seeing the kids grow and mature as people as well as learning about the game of basketball.”