By Matt Hill
It was a tough decision, but one that Stacey Reece felt was time to make.
After five years as JCHS head girls basketball coach, Reece has decided to move on and has resigned.
A search has begun for a new coach, which should be announced soon.
Reece had been contemplating this choice for awhile and came to this decision late in the season.
It wasnt an easy thing, but I felt it was the right time, she said. I struggled with it all year. It was the hardest decision Ive ever made.
This season was especially difficult for JCHS as the Lady Longhorns won only three games, but even Reece was still proud of the effort her team gave.
I honestly believe they played as hard as they could, Reece said. They showed a whole lot of character.
Reece has some advice for the new head coach.
You will need to be very patient and understanding, she said. You will have to focus on fundamentals and have a whole lot of patience.
There were some very outstanding moments for Reece as head coach.
In 2006, the Lady Longhorns defeated South Greene for only the second time in school history on Senior Night.
That is a night I will never forget, Reece said. That was a great team effort.
During the 2008-09 season, JCHS knocked off a Hampton team that went on to earn a trip to the state semifinals.
Reece had a lot of support from her parents, Tom and Belinda Reece. They are very involved with the sports at JCHS and Reece helps out WMCT with the Longhorn sports broadcasts.
Theyve supported my decision 100 percent, Reece said. Im a lucky girl to have parents like them.
Reece will also be leaving her assistant coach, Angela Blevins, who has also resigned from the program.
The two have been there since the beginning of Reeces reign.
It was great to have Angela with me all five seasons, she said. Angela knows a lot about basketball and I was fortunate to have her. Well remain friends.
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