WASHINGTON (WUSA) — For Georgetown Visitation’s Mike McCarthy, coaching girls’ basketball was originally an act of brotherly love. His younger sister’s youth team needed a leader and McCarthy took over. Little did he know, the job would be the start of a successful 22-year-long high school coaching career.
McCarthy has spent 18 of those 22 years at Visitation.
“I think I become a better coach every year,” said McCarthy. “I see what works against us … We try to play fast … press a lot, push the ball up the floor.”
In the past ten years, Visitation won seven back to back ISL titles. After the 2011-2012 season, McCarthy’s standout program looked like it could take a hit. The team graduated seven seniors.
“Most people thought we’d be down,” remembered McCarthy. “I think we exceeded everybody’s [expectations]. It was just fun, it was really enjoyable to see how good these girls got last year.”
His squad went 22-10 and were Independent School League (ISL) co-champions.
McCarthy attributes the caliber of his student-athletes to the environment at Visitation and the school’s emphasis on academics and athletics.
“Visitation is a special place,” said McCarthy. “[We have] girls that are competitive, that like to do well … To get an award like this makes you feel good and appreciated, it’s nice. Any individual award is usually reflective of how our team did.”
And with most of McCarthy’s young team returning to the hardwood next year, we’re predicting continued success for Visitation’s basketball program and its coach.