MARIETTA, Miss. (WTVA) -- You hear the term “breaking barriers” all over the sports world, referring to individuals doing uncommon things. For Marietta's Tonya Moreland, basketball is a way of life. She’s coached for 27 years. The past seven for the Marietta Raiders Middle School Boy's team.
"To me there’s not any difference," Moreland said.
It’s common to see men coach women’s basketball teams, not quite as common the other way around.
"Since I’ve been coaching I haven’t seen any, I’ve not played any teams that had female coaches," Moreland said.
Coach Moreland also teaches math at Marietta, so the players are familiar with her when they step on the court and being coached by a woman, doesn’t bother them at all.
"It’s just like having a guy coach, no differences," 8th grader Hunter Foster said. "We want to prove that we can win with a female coach and we’ve done that."
Coach Moreland said that she’s got four years of coaching left and she wants to spend them all as the head coach of the Marietta Boy's team, but she had a message for all the female coaches in Mississippi who want to break into the boys game.
"If they want to coach and a boys job comes open any reason why they can’t," Moreland said. "The Xs and Ox are the same, just because they’re a female in kind of a male world that shouldn’t stop them."