HIGH SCHOOLS: Report says McMasters leaving West Caldwell

Published Saturday, May 29th, 2021

Lenoir News-Topic: Warriors have named new AD,

assigned head football coach to guide girls’ hoops team


Former Hibriten head coach Monte Simmons is the new varsity girls’ basketball head coach at West Caldwell, where he is also head football coach. He moves back into basketball again after girls’ coach and athletic director Stephen McMasters accepts a job in private business.
Here’s a look at the last 20 season of girls’ varsity basketball at West Caldwell (*–state playoff team):
Year            Coach             Record
20-21   Stephen McMasters    0-8
19-20   Brad Mangum             3-17
18-19    Brad Mangum             7-17
17-18    Brad Mangum             5-20
16-17    Joshua Reeves            12-12*
15-16    Joshua Reeves            11-13*
14-15    Joshua Reeves             2-18
13-14    Rikki Ogle                  10-11*
12-13    Rikki Ogle                    7-14*
11-12    Rikki Ogle                     9-13*
10-11    Stephen McMasters   11-15*
09-10   Stephen McMasters  10-15*
08-09   Stephen McMasters   5-19
07-08   Stephen McMasters   3-21
06-07   Scott Greene                2-21
05-06   Scott Greene               5-19
04-05   Scott Greene             18-10*
03-04   Karen Trivett             28-2*
02-03   Karen Trivett            19-8*
01-02   Karen Trivett            20-7*
TOTALS                                  187-280
SOURCE: HobbsDailyReport.com research and files


Hobbs Daily Report.com

LENOIR – The landscape of West Caldwell High will change dramatically with the departure of athletic director and girls’ varsity basketball head coach Stephen McMasters.

McMasters, a former Warriors athlete, has announced his is leaving to work in private business as a sales job for Farm Bureau Insurance, an opportunity he’s passed on before became he felt the timing wasn’t right.


The decision by McMasters — plus naming head football coach Monte Simmons to again coach a varsity girls’ basketball team and head wrestling coach Aaron Annis as the new athletic director – was first reported by The Lenoir News-Topic (see full story below).

McMasters, 45, has been Warriors athletic director for 11 years and at his alma mater for 22 years.

He coached the varsity girls’ basketball team twice, in last season’s COVID 19 shortened year (0-8) and four seasons that began in 2007-2008.

McMasters guided two state playoff teams (2009-10 and 2010-11) and his five teams went 29-78.

Simmons, who came to West Caldwell after a stint as head football coach at West Iredell, spent six years as head varsity girls’ basketball coach at Hibriten.

He became head coach at Hibriten in 2008-2009 with his first team going 1-19. His next three teams were 6-16, 5-18 and 8-17 and reached the postseason, and his last two went 2-20 and 6-16. The Panthers were 28-106 under Simmons.

Simmons will be trying to snap West Caldwell’s streak of 16 straight non-winning seasons (one .500) when he takes over. The Warriors haven’t had a winning season since Scott Greene coached them in 2004-2005 (18-10).

The change in head girls’ coaches in the 15th since the late 1970s, and West Caldwell has head 12 winning seasons, two at .500 and 30 losing seasons in the past 44 years. Eight of those 12 winning teams won at least 20 games and seven of those reached the West Regionals. The Warriors were state 3A champions in 1984-85 and 1986-86.


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