Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 1, 2013

McMurtrey's share love of basketball

By JAMES BROWN
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Up a ramp through the back door of Edmonton

Elementary was how one would get to TimMc-

Murtrey’s office during the quiet times of summer.

That’s where I found him near noon nearly nine

years ago when he decided to return to coaching after a

brief hiatus.

McMurtrey, a legend in his nativeMetcalfe County,

had taken a break from coaching the boys’ basketball

team to become principal at the elementary school.After

three years, he returned to the program because,

even though he coached golf, tennis, drove a city bus

route and was principal, basketball was his first love.

He had missed being on the sideline.

“Maybe I’m not right, but I’ve missed it. I just have a

passion to coach (basketball),” he told me that day in

July, 2004.

I was there to hear the story and to tell readers of the

Glasgow Daily Times about his comeback.

Having never been to the elementary, I wandered

through the slight maze that was the back entrance to

the school and found his office area.

At what must have been the secretary’s

desk sat a young girl with dark

hair.McMurtrey introduced me to

his daughter, Tayler, as she sat there

coloring or reading, I don’t clearly

recall which.

We stepped into his office, where

there was a book shelf upon which

were team photos, University of

Kentucky memorabilia and a basketball

upon which was painted “1985,

4th Region, CHAMPS.” That basketball

likely representsMc-

Murtrey’s proudest moment as a coach when hisMetcalfe

won its only regional title in boys’ basketball.

As I sat in Barren County High’s gymThursday

night, taking notes as Tayler, now a senior, tried to lead

theMetcalfe Lady Hornets to an upset ofAllen County

in the first round of the Girls Fourth Region Tournament,

I flashed back to that day.

Tim retired from coaching the Hornets at the end of

last season in order to be a father in the stands supporting

his “little” girl during her final year in high school.

Tayler did all that she could to extend her high school

basketball career, scoring 18 points and, frankly, outplayingAllen’sMorgan

Rich, the Fourth Region’s player

of the year. In the end, Holly Robinson hit a jumper

in the final second of the game to lift the Lady Patriots

to victory, ending the Lady Hornets’ season and

Tayler’s run as a high school basketball player. She was

one of two seniors on the team—Riley Eskridge being

the other—and they both had played varsity basketball

since they were in the eighth grade.

Brad Bonds, head coach of the Allen County girls’

team, praised both of those seniors and said their effort

and leadership was a big reasonMetcalfe was in a position

to nearly upset his team.

Tim stood in the hallway outside the locker room

awaiting his daughter’s exit. It was obvious he had been

affected emotionally by the night. His “little” girl had

grown from coloring or reading as he went about his

duties as a principal to a young lady and leader.

If 1985 was his proudest moment as a coach on the

bench, Thursday night might have been his proudest as

a coach in the stands.

James Brown is editor of the Glasgow Daily Times. He

can be contacted by e-mail at jbrown@glasgowdailytimes.

com.