Casey coach reportedly resigns

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    Casey coach reportedly resigns

    Rebel coach Andy Stephens has reportedly resigned after 10 seasons at the helm of the Casey program.
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    why?? Did he take another Job??

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    I don't understand this move. There obviously has to be more to the story other than he resigns. Hopefully more information comes out soon. This is a big time shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlesw88 View Post
    I don't understand this move. There obviously has to be more to the story other than he resigns. Hopefully more information comes out soon. This is a big time shock.
    Doesn't shock me one bit. Here is why:

    1) He has lead the program for 10 years, going through many ups and downs, while finishing this past year with one of the better, if not the best team the school has ever had. Didn't they win the first ever playoff game in school history this year?

    2) He has also doubled up as the Head Softball coach at Casey County= tons of time spent away from family when coupled with football.

    Reasons 3-5 the next four years:

    3) Bell County (district)

    4) Corbin (district)

    5) Louisville Central (region)

    Coach Stephens is a class guy IMO and a very good coach. Not many, if any, could have done the job (this job has always been a stepping stone, he put in 10 solid years to the program as HC) that he has at Casey County.

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    So you think that he stepped down as the head coach because of the class changes?

    Why not go one step further and continue to elevate the Casey County program? Regardless of 10 solid years he put into Casey County, it still comes as a shock. Did anyone really expect him to step down? I wish him the best of the luck.

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    Harry Doyle is pretty close.

    This has been building the last few years. The school system just wont make a commitment to bring in assistants. They have one coach that teaches in the system for the entire high school and middle school program. It took 10 years to see the writing on the wall but I guess finally did see it.....There is just so many barriers to success at Casey County and it finally gets to you I think.

    Coach football and softball dont leave much time for anything else thats for sure.....

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    He did not step down because of the class change. He is not afraid to play anybody, go back and look at his 2003 and 04 schedules. Also played Mercer the year they won the championship and the year after. He does not have another football job for sure, so he will stay at Casey if nothing materializes.

    I am not shocked. Twelve years (2 as assistant, 10 as HC) is a long time to serve in a system that does not place a priority on football. He fought a lot of battles just to maintain and I believe he just got tired of fighting. Best of luck to him....he is a class act and will do well no matter where he goes.

    He is leaving the program in the best shape it has ever been. Last year was first playoff win ever and finished with an 8-4 record (also a best ever).

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlesw88 View Post
    So you think that he stepped down as the head coach because of the class changes?

    Why not go one step further and continue to elevate the Casey County program? Regardless of 10 solid years he put into Casey County, it still comes as a shock. Did anyone really expect him to step down? I wish him the best of the luck.
    Rose colored glasses says stay and elevate. Reality says, not happening, especially if you aren't being given the support that Rebel talked about it. It's gets to a point that if you are the only one selling out to make the program best it can be, gets old after a while and very frustrating. That's a sad, yet true reality at many places across the state, not just Casey County. It's a shame for Coach Stephens, the young men in the program and the community that this couldn't come full circle. I wish him nothing, but the best and Casey County in their endeavors down the road.

    You all at Boyle County should know as well as anybody how important it is to have support from top to bottom for your program to grow. Chuck Smith will be the first to tell you that he had unbelievable support. Transformation like Boyle's doesn't happen without it.

    Show me a great football program and I'll show you a great administration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Doyle View Post
    Rose colored glasses says stay and elevate. Reality says, not happening, especially if you aren't being given the support that Rebel talked about it. It's gets to a point that if you are the only one selling out to make the program best it can be, gets old after a while and very frustrating. That's a sad, yet true reality at many places across the state, not just Casey County. It's a shame for Coach Stephens, the young men in the program and the community that this couldn't come full circle. I wish him nothing, but the best and Casey County in their endeavors down the road.

    You all at Boyle County should know as well as anybody how important it is to have support from top to bottom for your program to grow. Chuck Smith will be the first to tell you that he had unbelievable support. Transformation like Boyle's doesn't happen without it.

    Show me a great football program and I'll show you a great administration.
    I can see where you coming from. I have a little history in Casey County and that's why I support the team so much. I guess being a small supporter that I didn't want to believe that he resigned. I too wish him the best of luck.

    I also wish the next coach the best of luck because he will sure has big shoes to fill and definitely will have his hands full. Good luck.

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    I know he has a job offer but don't know if he has taken it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Doyle View Post
    Rose colored glasses says stay and elevate. Reality says, not happening, especially if you aren't being given the support that Rebel talked about it. It's gets to a point that if you are the only one selling out to make the program best it can be, gets old after a while and very frustrating. That's a sad, yet true reality at many places across the state, not just Casey County. It's a shame for Coach Stephens, the young men in the program and the community that this couldn't come full circle. I wish him nothing, but the best and Casey County in their endeavors down the road.

    You all at Boyle County should know as well as anybody how important it is to have support from top to bottom for your program to grow. Chuck Smith will be the first to tell you that he had unbelievable support. Transformation like Boyle's doesn't happen without it.

    Show me a great football program and I'll show you a great administration.
    I agree, show me an admininistration that support one sport and does not support all and I'll show you a Sorry Administration. If an Administration truley cares about the students they will support all sports the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cellking View Post
    I agree, show me an admininistration that support one sport and does not support all and I'll show you a Sorry Administration. If an Administration truley cares about the students they will support all sports the same.
    Why I generally agree with your post, I think the relationship coaches have with the administration is a curicial factor. Too many coaches and administrators fight against each other. Coaches I think, depending on their approach can rally the administrators and community around their teams, however, with that said sometimes their is nothing a coach can do to earn the support they need, but some coaches are their own worst enemies, I am certainly not implying this is the case with Coach Stepehens. He has done a good job and I think he has been instrumental in creating exitement about the program in his county. I am just saying some coaches don't think they need to work well with the Administrators to bring in support for their program, administrators need to know coaches support them too, and certainly vice versa.

    Show me a an administration that doesn't support certain sports teams and I'll show you a lousy relationship between the administration and that teams coach or coaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRENCHMASTER View Post
    Why I generally agree with your post, I think the relationship coaches have with the administration is a curicial factor. Too many coaches and administrators fight against each other. Coaches I think, depending on their approach can rally the administrators and community around their teams, however, with that said sometimes their is nothing a coach can do to earn the support they need, but some coaches are their own worst enemies, I am certainly not implying this is the case with Coach Stepehens. He has done a good job and I think he has been instrumental in creating exitement about the program in his county. I am just saying some coaches don't think they need to work well with the Administrators to bring in support for their program, administrators need to know coaches support them too, and certainly vice versa.

    Show me a an administration that doesn't support certain sports teams and I'll show you a lousy relationship between the administration and that teams coach or coaches.
    Then McCreary Central must have a bunch of Coaches that can't get along with the Administration because Boy's Basketball and Girls Volleyball are the only teams supported. Jus happens that the AD Coaches both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cellking View Post
    Then McCreary Central must have a bunch of Coaches that can't get along with the Administration because Boy's Basketball and Girls Volleyball are the only teams supported. Jus happens that the AD Coaches both.
    As I said sometimes there is nothing a coach can do no matter what. Not sure what the situation at McCreary County is (though they have had solid football, basketball, wrestling,baseball, & Softball teams the last few years) but I think generally (not every) from what I have seen this is the case. I am not laying blame I am just saying usually there is a strained relationship between administration and a coach when there is no support, for various reasons. I am a colonel and am next door to McCreary and pull for them also when they are not battling Whitley County.

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    I'm sure McCreary Central and Wayne County are not crying tears because Coach Stephens resigned, a little turmoil at Casey Co. can only help them. Coach Stephens did a Great Job at Casey Co. and will be missed. Sometimes we don't know what we got until we loose it.

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