Nominated and Written By: Angela Reid
The basketball great, Michael Jordan, once said, “Some people want it to happen, some wish it to happen, others make it happen.” Coach Gary Wilbanks is one of those that makes it happen. His love and dedication to student athletes is unparalleled. Originally from Whitmire, he now calls Prosperity home. Coach Wilbanks has been at Mid Carolina High School since 2005. He coaches numerous sports; junior varsity and varsity football, is the head coach of the golf team, and has been the head varsity girls’ basketball coach since 2007. He recently led the varsity girls’ basketball team to the second round of the state playoffs, the first time in school history. In his spare time, Coach Wilbanks enjoys quality time with family and friends. He loves to play a round of golf with his coaching buddies. One of Wilbanks’ student athletes, Julie Kinard, told me, “He has always been one of my favorite people because he cares so much. He is incredibly understanding, but not afraid to hold you accountable and push you to do better.” The Mid Carolina Community is beyond blessed to have Coach Gary Wilbanks in their corner, cheering “his’’ kids along!