When Robert Amis found out he wouldn’t be coaching, he relinquished the accompanying title.
Amis resigned as Greenup County’s boys basketball coach on Feb. 25, he confirmed publicly for the first time on Saturday afternoon. That was the day the Musketeers met Lewis County in the 63rd District Tournament semifinals — without Amis, who had been suspended on the second-to-last day of the regular season by Greenup County Schools Superintendent Traysea Moresea due to an eligibility matter with Musketeers star Rod Dryden.
Amis said he decided to resign “when I knew I wasn’t gonna coach in the district tournament game, for sure the day of. And I didn’t want to be a distraction to my kids. I actually attended the game when they played Lewis County.”
Amis and Greenup County assistant coach Jeff Large were suspended for the remainder of the season on Feb. 21, moments after the Musketeers knocked off Fleming County, 76-56, in the regular-season finale to improve to 21-9. Amis and Large were informed in letters from Moresea, which she delivered after stopping them on their way off the court that night, Amis said. The superintendent then met with players’ parents to tell them of the decision.
Greenup County ruled Dryden, the state leader in rebounds per game with 15.3, ineligible in self-imposed sanctions after receiving a KHSAA draft report. Moresea wrote that Dryden playing violated KHSAA Bylaw 6, Section 3(d), which prohibits players from transferring in order to compete under an AAU coach. Dryden, a transfer from Woodford County, played on an AAU team coached by Large. Amis has said Dryden was ruled eligible to play for the Musketeers before Large joined his staff.
“I’m not trying to be a distraction,” Amis said. “Some things are gonna be in legal hands, I would imagine. I’m gonna do what’s best for my kids and myself personally.”
Asked if that meant he had filed a lawsuit against the Greenup County school district or planned to, Amis replied, “I can’t answer that at this time.”
Greenup County went 32-29 in two seasons under Amis.
“I would have loved the opportunity to compete at Morehead, especially with this team,” he said, referring to the 16th Region Tournament. “I can’t say enough about how high-character my kids have been. I have nothing but good things to say about the parents and kids that I’ve had here.”
Amis said he has not had a team meeting since the suspensions were announced, nor met with the administration.
“We’re planning on having a banquet in the next week or so,” Amis said, adding with a chuckle, “I don’t even know if I’m allowed at it, so we’ll worry about that (later).”
Amis was also Greenup County’s girls golf coach, from which position he also resigned.
Amis runs Greenup County High School’s in-school suspension program and plans to remain in that role through the end of this school year, he said.
Amis has received some interest from programs at the high school and college levels to coach, he said. The 33-year-old has worked as an assistant at Navarro Junior College (Texas), Chipola Junior College (Florida) and Trinity Valley Community College (Texas) and was a graduate assistant at Marshall.
A request for comment from Greenup County athletic director Matt Gilbert was unsuccessful before press time.
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