Aggie, CCC Alum Returns to Help Athletes
CLARKSDALE — Charles Winters, a former Coahoma Agricultural High School and Coahoma Community College basketball player, is currently coaching in Alabama, but came home Monday to spend some of his spring break giving back to his schools by teaching them drills to improve their game.
Winters is a 1996 Aggie graduate, and also continued his career after CCC at Stillman College (AL). He is currently coaching at Erwin Middle School in Birmingham and is a good friend of Tigers head coach Michael Stringer. The main focus was hand-eye coordination, ball handling drills and foot speed.
“I just want kids to be ready for the next level,” Winters said. “I’m helping them use their skill and ability to get to the next level education-wise and tie in athletic ability.”
Stringer was thankful Winters came home to give back to his community and bring his skills to Mississippi. Aggie junior point guard Frank Anthony (5-11, 165) will be playing in an All-Star Game Friday and Stringer believed Winters would help prepare him for that.
“He’s coming in, trying to assist and help these young men get better in basketball,” Stringer said. “He’s also here so he can help Frank Anthony get ready for the All-Star Game, which is this Friday at 6 o’clock (p.m.) at Jackson State. It’s just a blessing to have him here. He’s working with kids in Alabama. He just coming in and assisting in any way that he can. It’s really a blessing that he’ll be here.”
Anthony was grateful for Winters’ help and plans to practice around the clock until tipoff in Jackson.
“It’s going to help me in every way,” Anthony said. “I can’t take any days off until I get there. With the extra workout, I am never too old to learn nothing new. With him coming and helping me out, I am going to learn new things for my game. I just thank God. Every day I want to be successful.”