High School Basketball

Huston steps down as LCA boys' basketball coach

Lexington Christian Academy boys' basketball coach Tommy Huston is stepping down and turning over the reins to his top assistant, Brad Carter.

Huston, who led LCA for six seasons with Carter as his right-hand man, said he wanted to be sure that when the time came for him to give up the head coaching duties, Carter would succeed him.

"This pre-season I mentioned to Brad that I might want to step aside to a position with less pressure and give him his opportunity.

"I'm really proud he'll get the chance to be head coach."

Huston told the team about the change Thursday afternoon. He wanted to make it clear that he's not retiring from coaching, and will stay with the Eagles in whatever capacity Carter needs him.

"I don't know what my role will be or what level I'll coach on, but I'll be around LCA and pull for them and watch them grow," Huston said.

As for Carter taking over the program, Huston said it's a "plus-plus" situation. "I'm sure he'll do a great job, and he's got good talent coming back next season."

Carter, 35, played for Danny Haney at Lexington Catholic (Class of 1995). His coaching résumé includes stints as an assistant to David Henley at Holmes and Haney at North Broward Prep in Florida.

"I feel blessed to have been able to work with great coaches to start my career," Carter said. "They've prepared me for this.

"It's exciting to finally be a head coach, but it's bittersweet seeing Tommy take a lesser role. But I'm ecstatic he'll still be around. I want him watching and critiquing everything we do."

LCA made big strides under Huston. The Eagles won six consecutive All "A" region titles, posted victories over Scott County and Madison Central in back-to-back seasons, and beat Lexington Catholic this year for the first time in school history.

LCA had high hopes this winter, but senior star Taylor Barnette missed the last 15 games with an ankle injury. LCA lost to Paul Laurence Dunbar in the first round of the district tournament.

Huston was an assistant at Lexington Catholic for more than 30 years under Tommy Starns, Haney and Bart Flener before leaving to become an assistant to Jason Seamands at LCA in 2004.

When Seamands switched to coaching LCA's girls in 2006, he recommended Huston for the boys' job to athletic director Brad Walls.

Huston thanked Seamands and Walls for being "life-changers for me, and for taking a chance on a career assistant and giving me the opportunity to achieve something I could only dream of — being a head coach."

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