High School Basketball

Yeary steps down as Paul Dunbar boys' basketball coach

Justin Yeary is stepping down as boys' basketball coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar after two seasons.

"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.

Dunbar went 3-22 the season before Yeary took over. He led the Bulldogs to a 10-19 record last year, and 17-15 this past season.

Yeary, 31, didn't rule out coaching again.

"I definitely need some time away from it right now," he said. "I think it'd be a lot easier for me to be an assistant than head coach again. I could maybe do that next season. I don't know."

Yeary said Dunbar should be an attractive job. The Bulldogs' return Mike Smith and William Gary, who were two of the top scorers in the city as juniors this past season.