Tamika Dudley was fed up with rumors, so on December 30, Sidwell Friends’ women’s basketball coach crushed Scuttlebat on Twitter.
“I’m not going to leave Sidwell after Kendal graduates,” Dudley said. I have writtenRefers to her daughter, a Quaker star sophomore guard. “I have been a coach for over 15 years and Kendal has played for only two of them.”
However, over the last two years, the name recognition of mothers and daughters has increased to help bring the Sidwell Friends Program to its highest heights in more than a decade. Top-ranked Quaker He has won the conference and DC State Athletic Association championships, defeated top teams nationwide, and is popular as the last team to stand at GEI CONationals in April.
There is no uncertainty about Kendall’s future. The 6-foot-1 wing, according to ESPN, is the fourth-largest player in the country in the 2024 class and will choose the Division I program for her service.
But there is no clear path for elite high school coaches. Some of them dream of reaching the next level.And there are people who said like Tamika Just women’s sports She is not going to leave Sidwell Friends soon. Naismith High School’s Women’s Basketball Coach is proud of the program she has helped build in the community and is at home.
She knows that those rumors will continue to surface as long as Sidwell Friends’ success continues. She said she heard that this latest gossip came from a local coach trying to keep future players away from Quakers.
“I don’t know if it’s something people feel threatened,” Tamika said. “If something was said openly, I thought it was the best.”
To be fair, Tamika began coaching at the college level when she worked as an assistant at UNC-Wilmington after finishing her playing career at LIU-Brooklyn in 2004. She has more goals from her work as an assistant at Potomac High School (Dumfries, Virginia). She left her bystander three seasons after giving birth to Kendal and had no intention of returning.
Then her old coach at Woodbridge High School, Virginia, George Washington called on an offer. He wanted his former point guard, Tamika, in the coach’s room.
“I told her,’You need this as much as it needs you,'” Washington said.
Part of Washington’s pitch was that single mother Tamika could take Kendal to practice and teach her the game. Indeed, some of Kendall’s early memories are at Woodbridge Jim, who introduced her to the complexity of basketball to Tamika, her players, and even Washington. Washington often picked up Kendal from her school and day care and took her to her practice.
The trio got even closer due to the tragedy. Kendal was four years old when Washington suffered a bystander heart event and Tamika CPRed him before the rescuers arrived. Washington recovered completely, but stopped coaching and handed over the program to Tamika. She led Woodbridge to a Class 6 state title in 2019, earning her USA Today Coach of the Year honor.
At that time, she caught the attention of the Sidwell Friends administration and brought Kendal when she took on the job of a Quaker. Even though her mother and daughter already have a strong basketball base (Kendall often watched Woodbridge game tapes with Tamika in the living room), it’s the first time to share a bench.
This relationship has paid off for Quakers this season. Quakers are a commitment of UCLA, led by arguably the top player in the country, senior point guard Kiki Rice, and also a five-star rookie, junior guard Jadin Donovan.
This group has promoted Sidwell to status in areas normally reserved for more prestigious Washington Catholic Athletic Conference teams, such as St. John’s, Pope Paul IV, and Bishop McNamara. Tamika isn’t surprised that her success led to hearsay about her future, but she hypothesized that her rumors might have a deeper reason.
“My first year coaching in this league generally had a situation with an official, and I wondered,’I’m a woman and a black man,'” said her mother, white. Tamika, whose father is black, said. “I hate to bring it there. I don’t usually go there.
“It’s definitely harder to deal with a male coach than a female coach.”
Kendall, on the other hand, pays less attention to the discourse about Tamika’s future. But she wants more people to acknowledge the success of her mother.
“I can’t stop people talking, but I can always try to show them what’s wrong with what they’re saying,” Kendal said.
Josh Needelman is a high school sports editor for Just Women’s Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JoshNeedelman..