Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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May 6, 2014

BARREN COUNTY GIRLS BASKETBALL: Butler resigns as girls basketball coach

GLASGOW — John Butler has spent the past 20 years of his life commanding the Barren County girls’ basketball program.

Tuesday afternoon, after school, he told the present Trojanettes he would not be on the bench going forward.

“Telling the players was the hardest part,” Butler said by phone Tuesday evening.

He turned in his resignation as coach earlier in the day, he said, and told the players after school. “It wasn’t an easy conversation,” he said.

“It’s something I had been thinking about for two or three weeks,” Butler said. “It felt like the right time to do it. I’ve been coaching for 20 years. I don’t have any plans of leaving the school. I still plan to teach.”

“The school has been great to me. I’ve had great assistant coaches, especially Gary Groce who was with me for 15 years. I’ve had great players and great parents,” Butler said. “I want to thank the players and parents through the years.”

Butler led the girls’ program to three Fourth Region titles and eight district titles in the ever-tough 15th District. He was the longest-tenured girls coach in the region.

Butler said he did not want input in who would replace him. He said he believes BCHS principal Steve Riley, a former boys’ basketball coach at the school, and athletic director Bob Blair will do a” good job on finding the next coach.”

 

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