CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Like most head coaches, John Testa had to work his way from the bottom.
Testa, the new girls basketball coach at South Charleston High School, started his coaching career with his little brother at the local YMCA.
His next step up the ladder for Testa in the coaching ranks landed him at East Fairmont High School, where he coached the freshman girl's team for five years before spending two years at Division III Goucher in Baltimore, Md.
Testa received his biggest break yet three years ago, when he earned a position on the University of Charleston's women's basketball staff, where he learned from Sherry Winn.
After two years at UC, Testa makes his jump to South Charleston, where he replaces Gary Greene, who stepped down after guiding the Black Eagles to a 90-15 record and State Tournament appearances in every one of his four seasons there.
Testa will get his first opportunity as a head coach when South Charleston opens its season on the road Nov. 27th at Parkersburg.
"South Charleston is one of most prominent programs, and when the position opened up, I was lucky enough to walk into a great job," Testa said. "I don't know the words to describe the feeling."
Testa said he is grateful for the opportunity, and thankful for the experience he gained the past two seasons under Winn.
Winn retired in July after guiding UC to a 237-100 record in her 11 seasons, including two NCAA Division II Elite eight appearances, two West Virginia Conference regular season titles, and two conference tournament championships.
"My time at UC was awesome," Testa said. "Coach Winn was an Olympian (U.S. handball teams in 1984 and 1988). What else can I say about her? I learned so much from her."