High School Basketball

Tates Creek boys' basketball coach Breeden steps down


Wayne Breeden has stepped down as boys' basketball coach at Tates Creek, but he's not giving up the game cold turkey.

"I'm still going to be involved in basketball, just in different ways," he said. "I'm going to be an assistant with the Kentucky All-Stars this year, and I'm looking forward to being the head coach next year."

Breeden, 53, will continue to teach at Tates Creek.

In seven years as Commodores coach, he went 96-96.

Breeden has been working on the sidelines 32 years — 18 on the college level, 14 on the high school level.

He was a graduate assistant at Kentucky under Joe B. Hall and Eddie Sutton. He was an assistant to Rick Barnes at George Mason, to Mike Pollio at Eastern Kentucky and to Kyle Macy at Morehead State. Breeden was head coach at Lindsey Wilson for two years.

He also coached high school hoops at Ashland Blazer and Owensboro, and led each of those schools to the Sweet Sixteen twice. His 1996 Ashland team was state runner-up to Paintsville.

"I've really enjoyed coaching, whether it was as an assistant or a head coach. I've enjoyed all of it," Breeden said.

"I thank all the players and coaches that have helped me throughout the years. I just hope we made a difference in a few people's lives."