John Tinsley resigned as head coach of the Glasgow High School boys basketball team Friday after three seasons as its head coach.

Tinsley said he struggled with the decision to step down, but did so for family reasons.

“It was a tough decision for me to make,” Tinsley said. “Sometimes you just have to do what’s best for your family and this was it.”

Tinsley’s wife, Michelle, recently accepted an assistant principal position at Grayson County High School. The new location will allow him to be closer to his parents.

“We’ll be 45 minutes away from my parents, who are 88 and 86,” Tinsley said. “My sister needs more help taking care of them, so that’s a big part of it.”

Although Tinsley resigned his coaching position on Friday, he has yet to relinquish his teaching duties. It is expected, however, that he will do so if a position becomes available in the Grayson school district.

Tinsley posted a 34-49 record in three years as Glasgow’s coach. He led the Scotties to the Fourth Region Tournament last season with a 16-13 record. It was Glasgow’s first winning season and trip to the regional tournament since the 2002-03 campaign.

“I’d like to thank all of the guys that played for me, the fans, the parents and the school,” Tinsley said. “Glasgow has been good to me and I appreciate the opportunity that they gave me to coach here.”

Jordan Johnson, who will be a junior on next year’s team, said he hated to see Tinsley leave, but understood the decision because it was the best decision for his family.

“I feel pretty bad about it, but at the same time it’s all right because it’s a family matter and family always comes first,” Johnson said. “Coach Tinsley always put us first and he’s doing this to put his family first.”

Tinsley was 229-163 in 14 years as a head coach with stops at Hancock County, Barren County and Glasgow. His 1998-99 Barren team won the Fourth Region and advanced to the state tournament.

GHS Athletic Director Sam Royse said that once the job is posted, applications will be accepted for 30 days as required by state law.

“I anticipate accepting a number of quality applicants, people we may have heard of and are proven head coaches,” Royse said. “The talent pool has gotten better since John got here. We’ve got a good tradition and have some things to offer people.

“We’re seeking the very best person that we can get our hands on.”

Whoever takes over the reigns comes to a program that isn’t bare.

Glasgow lost just three seniors off last year’s squad that lost in the first round of the Fourth Region Tournament to Russell County. The Scotties were the 15th District runners up, falling by one point to Barren County after knocking off homestanding Allen County-Scottsville in the opening round. Of Glasgow’s 13 losses, seven were by six or fewer points, including three overtime defeats.

“Whoever they get will be walking into a pretty good situation,” Tinsley said. “It’s hard to leave it right now. It really is. There’s a good group of kids along with a group of freshmen and JV that are solid.

“It’s better to leave something full than to leave it bare. I think the Glasgow basketball program is really going to take off in the next five or six years.”

Sports writer Barrett Wright contributed to this story.


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