Sevier County girls basketball coach Stacy Marine resigns
Stacy Marine has been a head coach the entire time his two children have been alive.
The 39-year-old said Friday it’s time to shift his focus from coaching the Sevier County girls basketball team back to his family.
“I’m trying to take a step back and concentrate on being a father and helping out my wife,” Marine said. “The past seven, eight years she’s had to deal with a lot with the time away I have to spend at times.”
Marine resigned his head coaching position with the Bearettes this week. He has won more than 100 games over the last seven years, taking the Bearettes to five region tournaments. Sevier County had its most wins since 2011 this year (18) and finished tied with Jefferson County for the second-best record in District 2-AAA. The Bearettes fell a game short of the Region 1-AAA tournament, losing in the quarterfinals of the district tournament to Morristown East on Feb. 14.
Sevier County co-Athletic Director Bryan Atchley said he was surprised by Marine’s resignation but he also understood Marine’s desire to focus on family. Atchley is an assistant football coach and head boys soccer coach for the Smoky Bears and has two children, so he understands the dilemma coaches face when their own children are growing up.
“It’s tough,” Atchley. “I have yet to have to shortchange my children yet but I know that’s probably coming. At some point I will have to let loose of something because I don’t want to have to shortchange my kids or my wife.
“We always have a saying in our family, ‘If mom and dad aren’t happy, it’s hard for the family to be happy.’ So I understand where Stacy was coming from. I really do.”
Marine will leave a job that Atchley expects to be attractive. Not only do the Bearettes have a strong tradition, but they return a senior-laden group led by District 2-AAA player of the year Brittany Tarr. Marine said he expects next year’s team to contend for a state tournament berth.
“I think they’re a state-caliber team,” Marine said. “It’ll be nice to watch them. Sit back and see how well they do next year. I think they’ll do really well with all they have coming back personnel-wise.”
The job will come open on the school’s website on Monday, Atchley said. There is no timetable but he said he’d like to bring someone in as soon as possible so the new coach can get to know the players and go through some workouts in the spring and summer.
Marine said he plans on finishing out the year teaching and coaching tennis and he could even be coaching basketball in some form next year. Holding the top job in a major sport was just taking too much time away from his family, including his two sons, ages seven and two.
“I decided to take a step back,” he said. “I’m trying to put my priorities in perspective … I’m pleased I had the opportunity to be here and spend the time being the girls coach for the amount of years that I have. Really looking forward to watching the girls play next year. I can’t say enough about the opportunity I’ve been given here.”