Last week, Morton High School named former Newton High School head girls basketball coach Marcus Luckett as its head boys basketball coach.
Luckett, a 1999 graduate of Carthage High School and former basketball walk-on at Mississippi State University, spent two years at Newton where he most recently led the Lady Tigers to the MHSAA 2A semifinals.
“It was a great opportunity,” Luckett said. “I had got a call from Chad Harrison, the assistant superintendent, and he presented me with an opportunity to come and I felt it was the best decision. It’s closer to home, and it was the best decision for me and my family.”
In Luckett’s three years at Newton, his first head coaching position, the Lady Tigers compiled a 81-21 record and reached the MHSAA semifinals each year of his tenure. He said while the opportunity to take the Morton job was one he felt compelled to accept, his decision wasn’t easy.
“I had a great three years at Newton,” he said. “We went to Jackson three times in a row to the semifinals, had some of the greatest kids that bought into the system and had great people. The fans were great in their support of what we had done. I enjoyed every minute of it. I was blessed to have Ms. Vicky Hood to give me the opportunity. She was like a mother figure to me.”
In his first week at Morton, Luckett said his newly inherited players have already taken to his style of coaching, and are excited to adopt his brand of basketball.
“The kids are buying in,” he said. “It’s a little bit difficult. The style of play has changed, but the kids are really buying into what we’re trying to accomplish and they’re really enthusiastic in practice. They’re focused, and I’m really loving the group of kids I have. I told them that our goal is to get to Jackson and try to bring the gold ball home.”