Eckerd McField may have missed out
on a women’s basketball championship. But the George Town native has his eyes
set on nabbing a record amount of men’s titles.
McField, 29, recently served as
head coach of the Lady Wolves team. The side, which featured players like star
youngster Amber Watson, went unbeaten in the regular season of the 2011
national’s women’s basketball league. However they would be swept in the
semi-finals by a Home Gas Flames that sputtered into the playoffs.
This Thursday McField, who was born
and bred in an area called Central, is slated to suit up for the Wolves men’s
side. The defending champions start their title defence against team
Philippines at 8pm at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay. He states
the focus is adding titles this season and beyond.
“As you know I put in a lot of work
with George Town Sports Club so most of my career was with them,” McField said.
“They were a dynasty as they had five titles in six years, including four
straight. I was a big factor in that and I put in a lot of work for that to
happen. But I want to break that record. I want to set history again and be a
part of breaking the record. We’re going for five straight, I want a handful of
trophies. Everyone is gunning for us but nothing is impossible.”
The DHL employee only recently
joined the Wolves. He was part of the initial title run back in 2009 and has
since then gone on to amass seven national championships in his career. As a player
he is known for his defensive intensity and was part of a fearsome George Town
defence steadied by the likes of Jasen Campbell and Lloyd Samuels.
McField is quick to point out
coaching is another strong suit. Though he has been out of the profession for
some time, he states he carries much experience and accreditation.
“I coached the Under-14 and U16
boys back in 2003. In two years I took them to the title game. I also coached
primary school kids alongside the Department of Sports. Coaching is something
serious for me as I did a Caribbean level one course in 2003 and last year I
got my level one FIBA certification.”
At this point McField will be one
of many familiar faces on the Wolves for 2011. The majority of the side is
intact in spite of Gary “Butcher” McLaughin stating he was contemplating
retirement after last season. McField states the biggest change was the loss of
a talented swing-man.
“We lost Earl ‘Barbosa’ Allen as he
ended up going back home to his country of Colombia. It’s not confirmed yet but
Cory Thompson might play with us in Barbosa’s place. Personally I intend to be
playing this year. We started back training weeks ago at the start of March. We
had six or seven guys train with the national team to prevent them from being behind,
fitness-wise, like the other teams tend to be at the start of the season.”