By Stephen Hargis
McCallie basketball coach Ken Henry has resigned.
In six seasons with the Blue Tornado, Henry was 102-53, advancing to the Division II state semifinals three times, including this year when the team won the East Region regular-season and tournament titles.
Henry, 50, said he no longer felt he could continue the travel and extra time he spent to keep the Blue Tornado competitive at the state level.
I feel like Ive accomplished a lot of the things I wanted to here, but Im at a stage in my life where I need to move on, Henry said. I would rather leave at a point where I still enjoy the game before I get completely burned out. I would be willing to be as active in the basketball program as the new coach wants me to.
Henry coached the girls program at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe for five years and was a womens assistant at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for two years.
After taking three years away from coaching and teaching to help plan the new Covenant Presbyterian Church, he took over at GPS in 1990. At that time, the Bruisers had never had a winning season, but by Henrys second year they were 18-8 and followed that with eight straight 20-win seasons. In his last two years there, GPS won the Division II state championship.
Henrys career record is 392-175. Known as one of the most liked coaches in the area, Henry said he has received just one technical foul in 21 years as a head coach.
Ken has worked pretty hard to get the program turned around here, McCallie athletic director Bill Cherry said. We all knew the travel was wearing on him, so we werent completely surprised. Since we cant get anybody in Chattanooga to play us, travel is a factor for whoever coaches here.
We appreciate what hes done and support his decision completely. If you cant have fun coaching, its time to get out.
Henry will continue teaching junior english at the school and will assume a more active role in McCallies advising program.
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