In a world where specialization is the new status quo, Stan McGlone became a victim of it.

As a result, McGlone has decided to step aside as West Carter’s boys basketball coach and concentrate solely on his position as head baseball coach. According to McGlone, the decision had been brewing since the end of last season.

“Four years of doing basketball and baseball was starting to take its toll,” said McGlone, who is also the school’s senior ROTC instructor. “I submitted my resignation back in early April and the administration urged me to reconsider. I pulled it back and thought about it for three or four days and I re-sumitted it.”

McGlone spent four years with the Comets, compiling a 48-62 record. Three of his teams reached the 16th Region Tournament, including this past season when All-Area performer Casey Jones led the program to the biggest win of McGlone’s tenure, a 49-47 win over regional favorite Morgan County in the first round of the 62nd District Tournament.

The team also pulled off one of the state’s biggest regular-season upsets, a 56-52 stunner over undefeated Bryan Station in the opening round of the Ashland Invitational Tournament. West Carter was eliminated in the first round of regional play by eventual champion Russell, 63-47, wrapping up an 11-17 season.

The high-water mark of McGlone’s tenure was the 2004-05 season, when the team featured an almost entirely new cast from the previous season and managed a 15-11 mark.

“My most favorite team was that team that went 15-11. They played as a team and played to their potential,” McGlone said. “That team had near perfect chemistry. We were fortunate to play in three regional tournaments. I’m disappointed there were no district championships but two of those three teams probably shouldn’t have gotten past the first round of the district. There were some great games — the (Rick) Kissinger miracle game at East when he scored 15 points in the last minute and you always remember your first win — a win over Bath County in Owingsville on Friday the 13th.”

McGlone’s roots run deep in Carter County. A 1975 West Carter graduate who played on two district championship teams under Bert Greene, he became just the school’s fourth head basketball coach, succeeding Grady Lowe in the summer of 2002.

“I came into a position that I never dreamed of,” McGlone said. ‘I always wanted to be a teach and a coach but after I went to college I was a commissioned officer in the army and, 20 years later, I came back to Olive Hill in 1999. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I wanted our men to set a good example on and off the court. Sometimes we put too much emphasis on winning. I wanted our guys to see the big picture, to make good grades and succeed in life. I wanted them to be happy with who they were.”

Eventually, McGlone said, the duties of being a coach in two sports, as well as the ROTC instructor, became too much. The administration approached him at the end of the 2005 school year about giving up one of the sports and, after much thought, McGlone said basketball was the hardest to fit into a loaded schedule.

“After basketball season, I had one day off before we started baseball,” he said. “In fact, I fit in some baseball practices while I was doing basketball. It’s tough to be effective when you’re doing one after another. The other night we had a baseball game at Bath County and I didn’t get home until after 11. Basketball is a 12-month process because, as soon as school’s out, you have summer practice. Then, with ROTC, often there are things on the weekend you have to do with it.”

McGlone said he hopes the school will complete its search for a coach in time for a seamless transition to summer.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity I had,” he said. “I look forward to helping out the next coach and helping him out with the transition so it can be as smooth as possible.”

ELDEN MAY can be reached at ekmay@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2646.

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