• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Hundley steps down as WCHS boys’ basketball coach


Scott Hundley, head coach of the Woodford County High School boys’ basketball team, announced in an email on Monday, March 7, that he was stepping down as coach of the Yellow Jackets to spend more time with his family and to explore other business opportunities. “While this decision did not come lightly, there are many reasons in which I have decided that the 2015-2016 season will be my last as head coach of the Woodford County Yellow Jackets,” he said in the email. “…This Woodford County basketball program has been my life for the past six years. I have had countless practices, games and sleepless nights thinking about how I can make this program better and help young boys become men along the way. The late night practices, the late night film, and every evening getting home no earlier than 7 p.m. (every other week9 p.m.) have been an absolute blast. I would not have done one thing different. “However, this past season has been one of the most difficult years I have experienced in my 11 years of coaching. The internal struggle this year of wants versus needs was at times unbearable. I want to coach basketball, I want to help ‘my guys’ improve, I want to give everything I have to basketball. However, the need (inside of me) for me to be a good father to Adlee Malone and a good husband to Torie have left me at this crossroads. “My heart is being pulled home. I have prayed very hard on this decision throughout the entire season and while my heart hurts that this is coming to an end, I am at peace knowing that a new door will open. I want to cherish every moment at home. I respect the WC basketball program too much to be one foot in and one foot out.” Hundley’s departure is also a big loss for the high school as well, both on the court and in the classroom. “Coach Hundley has been an excellent role model for his players both on and off the court,” said Jay Lucas, WCHS athletic director and girls’ basketball coach. “He has done a great job in taking his team to the regional tournament six straight years and (winning) three district championships. “He also does an excellent job in the classroom working with our special needs students. He constantly challenges his students and players to do their very best.” For Lucas personally, he will miss the friendship and comradery the two coaches enjoyed as well. “I will miss Coach Hundley as a colleague and friend,” said Lucas. “He has made my job so much better as the head girls’ basketball coach in the six years we have worked together. I wish him nothing but the best of luck as he pursues the new challenges in his life.” In his six-year tenure as head coach at Woodford County High School, Hundley is 107-82 overall, 61-43 in the region, and 38-10 the district. In addition, he’s led his team to three district titles (2010-11, 2012-13 and 2013-14), six regional tournament appearances and three regional tournament wins, including reaching the championship game against Scott County in 2011-12, which the Yellow Jackets lost 78-43. According to Hundley, while being able to stay at home more is his main reason for leaving, there have also been some job opportunities that he is interested in pursuing, as well as completing his second master’s degree in administration. “I am interested in pursuing the next steps in my professional career,” he said. “It would be hypocritical for me to preach to my coaches and players about being prepared for opportunities and always pushing themselves to pursue new opportunities if I didn’t do it myself. I’m not sure what the future holds for me; basketball and teaching have been all I’ve known professionally. But something deep inside of me tells me I can be good at something else. I’m hoping to prove myself right. I look forward to the challenge.” Hundley also made sure to thank his coaches for all their hard work and dedication to the program, especially assistant coach Ryan Wilson, who has “been my longest coaching buddy since our days at Montgomery County.” “I’m excited to see what the future holds for all of my coaches,” said Hundley. “One of my conversations I always had with my coaches upon hiring them was whether or not they wanted to be head coaches. If they did not, I did not want them on my staff. ... I wanted all of them to want to do more, be better, and become a head coach one day.” Hundley also reflected on the meaning of a book he read titled “Make the Big Time Where You Are,” as it relates to his team. “It talks about whatever job you’re doing, whatever small or miniscule task you may think something is, whatever person you are talking to whether you don’t think they’re important or not has meaning,” he said. “It talks about valuing everything you do. Every moment, every person, every small thing. Because, it will eventually add up to the big thing. I wanted that for our program. We valued the small things, we worked hard, and eventually I do feel like it paid off … not only on the court, but reflected in many of the outstanding young men we have had come through this program.” Of course, no matter what, Hundley will still be in the stands watching the Yellow Jackets play. “I look forward to watching (the team) next year,” he said, “while I’m sitting in the stands, next to my beautiful wife, Torie, and holding my sweet Adlee Malone, and rooting for the Jackets as they beat the Franklin County Flyers for the district championship.”

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