WENDELL — Toni Vick has achieved a great deal in the high school basketball ranks.
As a player, Vick helped East Wake win a state championship in 1997. As a coach, she has led the Warriors to the playoffs all four years and boasts a 58-21 record over the last three seasons.
For the first time as a player or a coach, Vick can now add a North Carolina Coaches Association All-Star game selection to the list.
In early August, Vick was chosen as an assistant coach for the East women’s basketball team alongside East Chapel Hill coach Michelle Wood for next summer’s East-West All-Star game in Greensboro.
“This means a lot to me and it’s truly an honor,” Vick said. “We’ve had players and one other coach who were able to participate (in the past), but I’m happy to be one of the few that we’ve had to come from the school.
“Sometimes it’s nice to sit back and say, ‘Wow, I’ve accomplished a lot,’ but that’s not who I am. I want to be able to use that to help our girls want to achieve more in this game and hopefully serve as a role model.”
Since returning to East Wake during the 2009-10 season, Vick has only had one losing season – her first – but has never posted a losing record in the Greater Neuse River Conference.
While winning is one factor that goes into the selection process, NCCA Executive Director Phil Weaver said Vick earned the position through much more than her success on the court.
“She’s earned it by any qualification you can throw out there,” he said. “It’s mainly based on service to the organization. You don’t have to have great success as a head coach, but we’ve never had a coach with a losing record.
“There’s really no specific science behind picking who the coaches are, but winning certainly helps and she’s done that.”
Vick never received a nomination for the All-Star game as a player, but had two cousins that made the team.
Despite missing out as a player, she hopes her nomination as a coach will continue to garner publicity for the Warriors women’s basketball team and its players.
“It feels good to me to just have our program shine,” Vick said. “I don’t see this as just a personal accomplishment because I wouldn’t be here without our players excelling. I’m glad that we have had success and hope that we can continue that. Maybe soon we’ll have some of our players make this team.”
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