High School Basketball

Dunbar High School boys' basketball coach resigns

Justin Yeary is resigning as boys' basketball coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar after two seasons as boss of the Bulldogs.

"The decision was 100 percent mine," Yeary said. "I had lost a little bit of the joy I had doing it, and when that happens it's unfair to continue. I didn't want to think I could fight through that. It's not fair to the kids on the team, the assistant coaches or the school."

Dunbar athletics director Andy Sirginnis said he was "totally shocked" when Yeary told him early this week that he wanted to step down. Sirginnis said there was no pressure on Yeary to leave.

Yeary was an assistant for nine years (eight at Lexington Christian and one at Dunbar) before he became the Bulldogs' coach in 2010.

Yeary, who inherited a team that finished 3-22 the season before, led Dunbar to a 10-19 record in 2010-11. The Bulldogs went 17-15 this past season and featured two of the top juniors in the city in Mike Smith and William Gary.

Yeary, 31, didn't rule out the possibility of coaching again, possibly as an assistant.

"I definitely need some time away from it right now. I don't know how long that is. It could be a month or two," he said.

"I think it'd be a lot easier for me to be an assistant than head coach again. I think I could maybe do that next season. I don't know."

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