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Coaching scorecard needed for hoops

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At least 17 changes over last two years

By Bobby Brockman

 

It might be easier to list the area high school basketball coaches that are returning than the new ones hired.
Just last week, both county coaches — Taylor County’s Whitney Hooper and Richard Dooley from Campbellsville — announced their resignations.
• In other moves, Russell County need to replace Willie Feldhaus and Scot MacAllister as boys’ and girls’ head coaches.
Feldhaus remains at the school as athletics director while McAllister is now a women’s assistant coach at Centre College.
John Tinsley, who has been at Hancock County, Barren County and Glasgow in some of his stops, is now the boys’ head guy at Russell County while Craig Pippin returns as the girls’ head mentor after one year off the job.
• Meade County where Hooper landed also needed a pair of coaches with their girls’ coach, Josh Hurt, moving on to Metcalfe County to replace the retiring, from coaching, Peter DiStefano.
The new boys’ boss is former assistant Jason Tripure.
In Fifth Region activity:
• At Washington County, Bernard Smalley moves from head girls’ coach to head boys’ coach. Smalley’s old job has been filled by long-time Fifth Region official Mike Holt.
• Former Elizabethtown guard Jared McCurry replaces Mark Wells, who went into administration, at perennial-power John Hardin.
• Jeff Hall, a starting guard on the University of Louisville’s 1986 national championship team and previously a head coach at Rose Hill Academy, Allen County-Scottsville and Glasgow, takes the reins at Caverna.
• Thomas Nelson has hired Joshua Whitehouse as girls’ head coach, but as of last week, was still searching for a boys’ head coach.
• Toby Curry has moved from head girls’ basketball coach at McCreary Central to a boys’ assistant on Mark Fudge’s bench at Adair County.
• Although he will remain as head boys’ basketball coach, J.C. Wright is now also Central Hardin’s athletics director.
• Bardstown nabbed Amber Courtney from North Bullittl as its girls’ head basketball coach.
By my count (and sometimes that’s not good), that makes four new boys’ and five new girls’ coaches in the Fifth Region and eight others (four boys’ and four girls’ coaches) in their second seasons at the helm.

Correction
In my Rick McCarty column, I moved the campus of Louisiana Tech from Ruston to Shreveport, La.
Former Campbellsville High School counselor Mitzi Coyle proved once again the best proofreaders are the actual readers.
Coyle’s youngest son, Chase, is a resident of Ruston, which is 60 or so miles east from Shreveport, and his wife is a LaTech graduate.