I recently had the opportunity to talk to Oak Forest Academy boys’ basketball coach Curtis Matherne. He has been coaching in the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools for nine years. He started our conversation by stating that he loves coaching in the MAIS and feels that he goes up against some of the best coaches in the states of Louisiana and Mississippi weekly.When asked about his philosophy he stresses the team mantra of heart and brain. He feels that his teams should work harder than OFA’s opponents in every aspect of the game. The program spends a lot of time on fundamentals. The coaches preach to the team about having a high basketball IQ Matherne thanks coaches Roman Banks, Morris Scott, and John Varnado for helping shape his coaching philosophy. Banks and Scott he worked under during his four years of college at Southeastern Louisiana University. Varnado was his high school coach. Matherne has always appreciated how Varnado go the absolute most out of his players. Matherne feels that he is in the perfect situation at OFA. He feels like the coaching staff being close knit is the biggest asset of being a coach for the Jackets. He feels like the staff is has a family style mentality. He is proud of what the basketball program has accomplished in his seven years at Oak Forest.Oak Forest just completed a season in which it won 22 games and won the District 4-AAAA championship. They had a second place finish in the MAIS AAAA South State Tournament.Coach Matherne finished the conversation by mentioning that his wife, Hannah, is his biggest supporter and that they will be adding a new member to the Matherne family. They are expecting their first child. He credits their communication skills as the reason they can balance coaching and a personal life. They do hope to go on a small trip before their little man becomes part of the team.I would like to thank Coach Matherne for being our first interview for MISS Sports Forum. I have known him for seven years and feel he is a great coach. I am completely biased because he is one of my best friends.