|Published: 1:37 PM, 05/04/2013
||Last updated: 1:38 PM, 05/04/2013
Author: Gabriel Garcia
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
TELLICO PLAINS пїЅ After 40 years and 628 wins, Gary Tucker has
decided it is time.
The girls' basketball coach at Tellico Plains broke the news that he is
retiring to his team Friday morning.
"I just wanted them to hear it from me, not through
hearsay or questioning," Tucker told The Advocate & Democrat.
And while Tellico athletic
director Shawn Yates holds a slim hope that Tucker will change his mind, that does not appear
"I wouldnпїЅt have told the girls if I was going to change my mind," Tucker said. "It
still could happen, but I donпїЅt think itпїЅs going to.
Tucker came to the decision based on a
combination of factors.
"My age, my health my family, I guess stress, all these things have
taken move to the top of my priories, and I just think itпїЅs a good time to do it," he
Tucker still hopes to continue on as a part-time member of TellicoпїЅs faculty, however,
as a senior English teacher.
"HeпїЅs the ultimate professional, as far as caring for the
players and kids that he coaches and teaches," Yates said, citing his intense fundraising efforts
over the years in addition to his coaching and teaching ability. "I don't see a better example than
A search for TuckerпїЅs successor will get under way, with a mixture of
"ItпїЅs going to be tough for us, as an AD, trying to replace a coach like that,"
Yates said. "I'm going to assume, because Tellico girls basketball has been so strong, that we're
going to have people knocking our door down to try to become the coach."
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