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Greenup County head coach, Matt Gilbert talks with his team on Thursday during a timeout against Raceland. MARTY CONLEY/ FOR THE DAILY INDEPENDENT

LLOYD Greenup County’s girls basketball program is back in the market for a head coach.

Matt Gilbert has stepped aside as the Lady Musketeers’ bench boss after two seasons. Gilbert remains Greenup County’s athletic director, in which role he is looking for the school’s eighth coach in 12 years.

“He has done a terrific job of laying a great foundation for future seasons,” said Greenup County High School principal Jason Smith. “Coach Gilbert has built great relationships with girls players at all levels and that will continue as athletic director.”

Greenup County Schools are returning to adherence to a policy of not having employees serve as both employees and administrators, said superintendent Traysea Moresea. That policy dates to John Younce's time as superintendent in the first decade of the 2000s but "had been relaxed in the past few years," Moresea said.

"In order to keep everyone at their very best serving kids, we will put that tradition back in place," Moresea said. "Administrators can focus on their top priorities and coaches can focus on athletes and the game they coach. Both types of roles are very important and deserve a distinct focus."

"We appreciate the time coach Gilbert dedicated to the team," Moresea added.

Smith is himself among that list of former coaches. He led the Lady Musketeers from 2010-12 and coached the program to its most recent winning record and 63rd District Tournament championship, both in 2010-11.

Greenup County went 12-48 over the last two years.

Attempts to contact Gilbert for comment were unsuccessful before press time.

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