Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 21, 2012

Coming home

Glasgow tabs Tinsley as boys basketball coach

GLASGOW — For John Tinsley, the decision was pretty simple. He didn’t really even have to think about it for very long.

Tinsley, the veteran high school basketball coach with stops that include  Barren County and Glasgow high schools, was officially named head boys basketball coach at GHS on Friday afternoon. Tinsley couldn’t be more happy.

“When I left Glasgow, I knew the success was coming for that team and that’s what made it difficult to leave,” said Tinsley. “To be honest, family is always first and we had a situation where my father was gravely ill and I needed to get back close to home.

“But this is great and I think it is little bit of unfinished business. It feels really good to be back and it was just too good of an opportunity to pass up. I’ve got two boys coming with me that have been varsity starters for two years at Grayson County. So, it is good to be back home.”

Keith Hale, the Glasgow High School principal, knew exactly the type of coach he was looking for and is sure he found it in Tinsley.

“Our goal, from the beginning, was to find a high caliber coach that was good for our kids,” said Hale. “John Tinsley has a track record of success. He’s been to the state tournament and we’re just thrilled with the addition of John Tinsley to our staff.”

Tinsley brings a lot of experience with him to the helm of the Scotties. He is a graduate of Oakland City (Ind.) College and began his coaching career in 1990 as head boys basketball coach at Hancock County. He went to Barren County High School in 1996 and stayed there until 2001 when he took an assistant coaching position at Owensboro High School.

After a short stint out of coaching, Tinsley became the head coach at Glasgow High School in 2005. He served as the associate head boys coach at Grayson County High School from 2008 to 2012.

And a lot of success has come along the way for Tinsley. He has an overall coaching record of 242-161 and has claimed nine district championships and three regional championships.

He guided the Barren County Trojans to the prestigious 1999 Sweet Sixteen and later helped Owensboro and Grayson County reach the state tournament in 2002 and 2009, respectively.

And Tinsley sees nothing but opportunities for success with the Scotties in the coming season.

“We had a great senior (2012) class and I want to applaud them. I don’t want to take this program without giving this past senior class the props it deserves,” said Tinsley.

He also talked about how excited he is to be coaching with Glasgow baseball coach Sam Royse, Glasgow football coach Rick Wood and former basketball coach Jeff Hall. “I am around a lot of winners,” he said.

Tinsley said he’s really pleased with the players he will be inheriting. He said there is a lot of talent in the program.

And to go along with that talent, Tinsley will also be bringing some new talent with him in the likes of his twin sons, Ryan and Trey, rising seniors.

“We have some good kids coming back and I like the pieces we have. We feel like we’re going to be able to put a good product on the court and I am excited about that,” Tinsley said.

“I also have my two boys that are just two pieces of the big puzzle. Ryan is a point guard and Trey is the two-guard.”

Trey Tinsley set the school record for most 3-pointers in a season as a sophomore at Grayson County High School.

“If you haven’t seen my teams play, my coaching philosophy is two-fold,” said Tinsley.

“The first thing is we want to play great defense and we want to rebound the basketball. Sometimes, that’s pressuring in the full-court. But if you want to ever be really good and get to the state tournament, you’ve got to be really good in the half-court. We’re going to play man on defense. We will do some other stuff, but we’re going to basically play man on defense and hopefully lock it down.”

Offensively, Tinsley wants the Scotties to move the ball around and make it difficult for the opposing team to defend them. “On offense, just like any other team, we want to knock down some good shots, run and get some easy buckets when we can. We’re going to play an exciting brand of basketball.

“We’re going to have some guys that can space the floor and shoot the ball. Hopefully, we’re going to be a team that’s really, really, really difficult to defend.”

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