Wynn Harris resigns as girls' basketball coach
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Saying he wants to spend more time with his family, Lady Wildcat Basketball Coach Wynn Harris has resigned after four years of guiding Trigg County’s hoops program.

Harris tendered his resignation as coach earlier this month and has informed the team of his decision. He will remain in the high school as a history teacher.

"You have to give 100-percent to coach, and I want to be with my family right now. I feel this is a good time," Harris said.

Harris’ wife Janel gave birth to their first child, Emma Katherine, on May 29.

He said his decision to step down as head coach came soon after.

Added to that, the Harris’s will travel to the Ukraine in August to adopt a small child. The process began 14 months ago, well before Janel got pregnant with Emma.

"This was the right time to make this move. It’s not about money or power. It’s completely a family decision," he said.

Harris compiled a 37-66 record in four years as head coach, leaving with the third most wins of any Lady Wildcat head coach. He came to Trigg County with the reputation as a rebuilder of programs and that carried over to the Lady Wildcats.

He implemented a fast-paced tempo on both offense and defense.

His first season in 2000-01, the Lady Wildcats were just 5-21 after returning just one starter from the previous season. The 21 losses equaled a school record, but the Lady Wildcats did beat Lyon County in the first round of the Fifth District Tournament.

The following year, the Lady Wildcats improved to 10-17 against a tougher schedule that saw the team travel more than in years past. Trigg County played in events in Cumberland County, Louisville, and Hodgenville.

That season also saw Harris start Trigg County’s Christmas tournament, now known as the 12 Games of Christmas. The three-day double-elimination tournament at Wildcat Gym has featured some of the better smaller schools in the region and state.

Trigg’s best year under Harris came in 2002-03 when the Lady Wildcats were 15-10, the program’s first winning season in nine years. Trigg County advanced to the semifinals of the Fifth District Tournament, taking district power Caldwell County to the final minutes before falling 53-50.

The Lady Wildcats were mentioned as a team capable of ending Caldwell County’s district title streak last year but after the leading scorer quit the team and another senior starter was lost for the year due to an injury, Harris began to put a younger lineup on the floor to prepare for next year. The end result was a 7-18 record and a first round exit in the district tournament.

"I did what I was brought here to do. The program was near rock bottom, and now we’re competitive on a nightly basis," Harris said.

TCHS Athletic Director Taylor Sparks said she school would look to hire a new head coach as soon as possible. Lady Wildcat assistant coach Amy Breckel has been named interim head coach to oversee the team’s summer camp activities. Sparks confirmed that Breckel has applied for the head coaching job.

"We appreciate Wynn’s time and contribution to the program, which rose to a 15-win season and has stayed competitive. We respect his decision to put his family first and wish him well," Sparks said.

Trigg County will return a solid but young nucleus of players in 2004-05. The Lady Wildcats are slated to return their top four scorers from a year ago, including freshman Samantha Butts, who averaged 14.8 points and sophomore Laquisha Boyd who averaged 6.1 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Senior Felicia Crenshaw, who averaged 7.3 points, 4.2 assists, and 3.0 steals, will be one of the few upperclassmen on the roster.

"There’s a lot of talent coming back in the program. The transition with the new coach should be smooth," said Harris, who hasn’t ruled out a return to coaching. "I’m not going to say I’m never going to coach again. I’m not going anywhere and not coaching anywhere for now."
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