As it was for Modeste, the concept of team mentality is in Ivory's blood and he integrates it into his game plans.
After leaving Andover, Ivory played basketball at Davidson College, where he lettered for four years, playing in 67 games. He helped lead the Cats to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2002 before going onto a professional career in England. Following that career, he worked as a math teacher and assistant coach at Blair Academy in New Jersey.
“Terrell is a terrific teacher of the game, having played under an excellent coach in Bob McKillop,” said Blair Academy head coach Joe Mantegna. “He is fantastic at interacting with players of various backgrounds and playing experience.”
Ivory also spent three years on the coaching staff at Davidson College and one year at Colgate University. “Leaving college coaching was tough, but the opportunity at Andover was too good to pass up,” he says.
“I know for a fact that there are plenty of kids who are qualified to not only play basketball here at Andover, but who can keep up with the academic standards. It means a lot to me for the team to win, but I need to bring in kids who will be a good fit for the community. I want to fulfill kids’ dreams of playing basketball at the next level, in addition to helping them reach their academic goals.”
While many of Ivory’s ideas about basketball are similar to those of past Andover coaches, he brings a new, fast-paced offense to the court, putting more trust in his players’ abilities. He only calls fully designed plays sporadically, encouraging the team to make quick decisions and read the defense to set up their offense.