McKinney not ready to jump back in at Boyle

July 18, 2004|JILL ERWIN

After a couple days of deliberation, Ed McKinney decided he wasn't ready for the pressures of coaching basketball again.

The former Danville boys basketball coach turned down Boyle County's job offer and will remain with Danville as its cross country coach and assistant athletics director.

"After a lot of thinking about it, I just realized that I was not right now ready to get back into the day to day things that you have to do to be successful in high school (basketball) coaching," McKinney said Friday.

"It's just a very consuming job. You've got to make sure that, if you're going to do it, that you're ready."


Another area coach who had applied for the job, former Harrodsburg coach and current Mercer County assistant Spencer Tatum, said he was no longer interested in the position.

"I am content at Mercer and looking forward to starting school out there," Tatum said Friday. "It's the best decision for my family right now."

McKinney said he thought he was ready to return to the hustle and bustle of high school basketball, but the more he thought about it, the more he remembered the hours it took to coach.

He said it's not just games and practices, but it's scheduling, paperwork and headaches as well.

"When you say yes, if you've coached, you know there's more to it than just the honeymoon part of it," McKinney said. "The day-to-day things are extremely demanding. I'm at a point right now, at this time, that it's just too demanding."

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