MADDEN, MS (WLBT) - Doyle Wolverton is a mentor, role model, legend , and the face of Leake Academy basketball. Wolverton's coaching career consists of only one stop; 36 years in Madden, Mississippi, at Leake Academy.
He was just a 21 year "kid" fresh out of the University of Southern Mississippi when he was offered the girls basketball coaching job. To him, the offer was a no brainer.
"I tell people there was no way not to succeed" said Wolverton. "Once we started winning, it pretty much snow balled from there."
The snow ball effect of winning Wolverton talks about is more like an avalanche. Through the years, the Rebelette's coach has won 24 district titles,13 state titles and five state "overall" championships. In the process he has become the winningest coach in the state of Mississippi.
"When people talk about Leake Academy, a lot of it is girls basketball and Doyle Wolverton. He built it and he's what holds it up" said former player Susan Price.
Entering Friday night's game against Simpson Academy, Wolverton had one-thousand 152 wins; tied for fourth in the nation in girls basketball.
And with his wife Linda sitting right beside him on the bench as usual, Wolverton coached his way to yet another win. Number one-thousand 153. That's the third most in the nation in girls high school basketball.
"To me, it's always been family. You supported me when I was right and when I was wrong. You stood behind me all the time. All this belongs to you. I just want to thank you for being a part of it. Thank you" Wolverton told the crowd after the milestone victory
Wolverton's Leake Academy team is undefeated this season.
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