Coach Myers shares about his playing career and being inducted to the Iron Wall at St. Joseph's
St. Andrew’s mission is to create well-rounded students who care about their community, their academics, and their athletics. This is possible because of the faculty that reside, teach, and coach here. They provide the model of hard work and dedication to all aspects of life that students are able to observe and learn from. One member of the St. Andrew’s community that is known as someone who values persistence and dedication is Mr. Terrell Myers, AKA Coach Terrell. Coach Terrell is an advisor, role model, and as you may have probably guessed, a coach. He has led the St. Andrew’s boys basketball team to 3 state tournaments in the past 3 years (except last year due to Covid-19) and coached the JV girls volleyball team to winning records in the past several years. While most of this community knows him as a coach, he recently opened up about his basketball career as a player. He was recently added/initiated to the Iron Wall, Saint Joseph’s University Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The Iron Wall is an achievement that signifies a player’s great contributions to the basketball program. Next to Coach Terrell on the Iron Wall is Jack Ramsay, who went on to coach the Portland Trail Blazers to an NBA Championship. His senior year, his leadership and skill set secured St. Joseph’s a spot in the 1997 NCAA tournament, where they advanced to the sweet sixteen. When asked about his experience, he said that he, “remembers the feeling of playing in the tournament, the excitement surrounding whether you were going to stay or go home, and being able to play teams that you don’t normally get to play with.” He was a 6’2” point guard, and when if there was a moment that he specifically remembers, he said, “it would have to be when he played against Michael Owlocandi, the 7 foot center for the Pacific Tigers.”
Coach Terrell said that while he played in the NCAA tournament, he watches it now as a coach, and when asked about his bracket he said, “I’ve realized I don't know anything about college athletics now, so I've decided to stop doing the brackets and just enjoy the sport.” While he has no bracket, Coach Terrell is rooting for the UNC Tarheels and the St. Peter’s Peacocks. The Tarheels seem an obvious choice, as they are arguably the best team in NCAA history, but the support for the Peacocks comes from the fact that their head coach, Shaheen Holloway, was Coach Terrell’s roommate in London. After college, Coach Terrell went overseas to England and Spain where he played professional basketball for 11 years. In England, he won the BBL Trophy in 1998, the League Championship in 1999 and the BBL Cup in 2000. Additionally, he won awards for the BBL Player of the Year 1998-99 (when he averaged 23.5 PPG) and the BBL Cup MVP in 1999, and was named in the All-Star team for four seasons running (1998–2002). In 2003, he moved to Spain, where he played for Casademont Girona, and then Akasvayu Girona in the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto, one of Europe’s biggest leagues. During his time abroad he was coached by Jack Finch, the current coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who, “is just one of the many coaches and mentors I’ve been blessed to work with at a high level.” In addition to the long list of basketball achievements, Coach Terrell also became fluent in Spanish.
Coach Terrell has advice for athletes who want to play at a high level. He said, “it’s difficult to play if you just like a sport, you need to love it and put all of your energy into developing your craft and skill set in order to make it at the next level. You have to set a contract with yourself and stick by it– no compromises.” As a school of student athletes, St. Andrew’s is lucky to have a mentor and coach who cares so deeply about improving for yourself and your team.