Middlesboro seniors Scotty and Josh Overbay will both be running track for the Univeristy of the Cumberlands.
The Overbays both signed their letters of intent on Monday to join the Patriouts track and field team.
It’s a decision that will keep their sibling rivalry going.
“I love the competition,” said Josh. “I love competing against anyone in anything.”
“The competition is always fun,” said Scotty. “We’ve been lucky enough to have each other to compete against as well.”
“We won the district in basketball together this season. We run some relays and stuff together too, and we usually do well in those events. It’s awesome having my brother there with me for everything.” Josh added. “We’ve always pushed one another and try to help the other get to where they need to be.”
They both feld Cumberlands was the right fit for them.
“They were very welcoming when we went to visit,” said Josh. “The coach talked to us and took us out to eat and everything, we really enjoyed and appreciated everything he did. We really like the way they run things out there, we feel like we can fit in.”
Josh plans to major Fitness and Sports Management and eventually follow in his dad’s footsteps and become a coach.
Scotty was undecided on his major, but he also sees coaching in his future.
“I want to coach, so I have to figure out what I want to major in,” he said. “But, I’m 100 percent sure I want to coach.”
“Hopefully after we graduate college, we can get a year or two of experience under our dad and take-off and become a head coach somewhere,” Josh added. “We both want to coach, and follow in our dad’s footsteps.”
Their father Scott is the MHS girls basketball coach. He said thier decision to run track at the same school was a surprise.
“I’m a little surprised that they both signed for track,” he said. “They’ve both grown up playing basketball their whole lives. They didn’t start running track until they got into high school, but they both took to it quickly. Both of them have an unreal work ethic and they will be successful no matter what they do, as long as they keep that motivation and dedication. They’ve worked hard and improved over time to get themselves in this position, and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Middlesboro track coach Luke Gilly also sees a bright future for the Overbay boys.
“I think the University of the Cumberlands is getting two phenomenal athletes. They’re both very hard workers, and they both have extreme God-given abilities,” he said. “I think they’re going to do a great job at the University of the Cumberlands. They’re both willing to do anything they need to do to be successful.”