Tarlton steps down as Crockett basketball coach
By Christopher ShieldsDavid Crockett Head Basketball Coach Richard Tarlton has stepped down after four seasons at the helm.
“He notified the team on Thursday (Feb. 28) that he would not be returning next season,” David Crockett Principal Andy Hare confirmed. “They had their banquet on Friday and the move was effective on Saturday.”
Tarlton took over as head coach in 2008 after spending two years as a junior varsity coach with the Pioneer program.
While Tarlton will remain at the school as a teacher, his decision to resign as coach was made in order to spend more time with his family, Hare said.
Tarlton has a son in college and a daughter in high school.
Tarlton put together a successful tenure during his time with the program, leading the Pioneers to a region berth in 2010. Other highlights include wins over Daniel Boone and Dobyns-Bennett high schools, as well as capturing a Hardees Classic Championship during his tenure.
A search for Tarlton’s replacement is expected to begin soon and Hare is confident the job opening will draw a good pool of capable applicants.
“We will look at all of our options, post the job, and conduct a search as part of the hiring process,” Hare said. “We should have a large variety of candidates because we play in a very competitive conference and we have some good young athletes returning.”
While the goal is to hire a new coach by the end of the school year, the most important aspect is finding the right person for the job.
“They need time for the team to understand their coaching philosophy and summer is always an important time for a basketball program,” he said. “But we don’t want to rush the hire. We want to make sure we get the right person.”
Under Tarlton this season, the young Pioneers finished sixth in the conference with a 9-20 overall record.
Hare said administration at Crockett has been happy with the state of the program under Tarlton’s direction.
“He gave us four good years and we appreciate his service to our school and community,” he said. “We are happy with the state of the program.”