Less than a month after leading Christian County to the boys’ Sweet Sixteen championship, Kerry Stovall has resigned as the Colonels’ basketball coach.
Stovall, 48, said he, his staff and senior players knew all season that he would be calling it quits.
The reason? His family.
Stovall wants to spend time watching his 15-year-old daughter Shelby swim and his 13-year-old son Clayton play basketball, and to help Natalie, his wife of 25 years, shoulder the parenting load.
“I made up my mind before the season even started, that no matter what happened, I wasn’t going to be the head coach at Christian County next season,” Stovall said.
“I love Christian County and I loved being the head coach, but I love Natalie, Clayton and Shelby more. It’s time to have a little ‘dad’ time.”
Stovall said he thought about resigning last year after the Colonels lost to Scott County in the Sweet Sixteen quarterfinals. But seniors-to-be Anthony Hickey, Donovan Kates, Veontae Lewis and Marcoreyon Tandy asked him to stick with them one more year and they would go out as champions together.
After an up-and-down regular season, and a loss to University Heights in the district finals, Christian County found its stride and wound up winning the Sweet Sixteen, beating Rowan County in double-overtime in the finals in Rupp Arena.
“For those four seniors to be able to finish at the highest level is quite a tribute to them,” Stovall said.
In 10 years at Christian County, Stovall’s teams had a 201-99 record, and made six trips to the state tournament. They made it to Rupp Arena five of the last six years.
“It’s been a magical experience,” Stovall said.
Stovall was also head coach at Lyon County (girls), Dawson Springs, West Hopkins and Muhlenberg South.
“I’m not sitting here telling you I won’t coach again,” he said.
For now, he’ll stay on as Christian County’s athletics director, and his most pressing job will be finding his replacement.