Editor’s note: PolkSports is launching a new feature that will publish periodically called Catching Up With.
Catching Up With will feature a former Polk County athlete or coach, asking them a few questions about what they’re doing at present. Anyone wishing to suggest someone for Catching Up With can email that suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The feature begins today with former Polk County athlete and girls basketball coach Chris Mintz. After a stellar coaching career at Cherokee, Mintz is now in his first season at Cocke County (TN) High, where he has led the girls basketball team to a 13-9 record to date.
PS: How does it feel to be coaching once again, and what were the best and worst parts about being away from the sidelines for a season?
Mintz: It’s really nice to be coaching again. It is something that I love and enjoy doing. The year off was a blessing as I had several family issues that I would have needed time off for, and this gave me the time to handle those.
PS: What appealed to you about the Cocke County job to get you back into coaching?
Mintz: I wanted to stay within pretty close driving distance to Cherokee and Polk so we could still see our families. This has been a joy as the school has been super-supportive of me and the girls.
PS: You’re starting to close in on 400 career victories as a coach. What do milestones such as that mean to you?
Mintz: I’m getting old. . . I’ve been blessed with great players and have been fortunate to coach at good places. I couldn’t have gotten this far without Polk County believing in me when I was a really young coach to take over, so that’s helped.
PS: Is there anything learned from your time at Polk County that you still rely on today as a coach?
Mintz: I had to learn on the fly as I was such a young coach. I’m grateful for that opportunity and it made me such a better coach.
PS: Coaching again, two grandchildren, one son playing college football, another to do so next season – it must be a blessed but busy life.
Mintz: I have been very fortunate to have great kids and family. It’s been a busy but fun ride. I know I’m gonna miss it when it’s over.