“I tried to get as much information about the players and what they did to let the fans know. To my knowledge, this is the first time Charlestown has ever known who their coaches were in the past. This is it,” Ledbetter said.
Not forgetting the present, the book includes a chapter on current CHS coach Sean Smith. Guiding the team since 2007, Smith said he appreciates Ledbetter’s hard work in writing about the team’s past.
“I think that it’s outstanding that someone has taken the time to research the history of our basketball program,” Smith said. “I think it will show a lot of people in our community and around that we have a lot of tradition basketball-wise. I’m just glad we get to be a part of that tradition and carry it on.”
Don’t think the publishing of this book is the end to Ledbetter’s research. He continues to compile basketball stats from yesteryear in a binder to give, once completed, to the athletic department. He also hopes “Pirates of the Hardwood” might inspire someone to author a history of the girls’ basketball program.
“It’s not over,” Ledbetter said. “There’s still a story to tell yet.”