CORBIN — After four years as head coach of the Corbin Lady Redound basketball program, Jason McDaniel has decided to step down as head coach.
McDaniel compiled a 73-53 record during his four years at Corbin while guiding the Lady Redhounds to three 50th District championships (2014,15 and 16) and one 13th Region title in 2014.
“My life has changed quite a bit,” he said. “I got married at the end of the season and I’ve always been all about basketball. Now things are a lot different for me. I’m going home to a family now, and after doing some thinking I feel like I’ve lost a little bit of my passion as a head coach, and I don’t think that’s fair to the girls. So, I felt it was the right time to step down.
“This was a very hard decision for me, I have to say it’s probably the hardest decision I’ve ever made in my life. When I go into something, I go into it head over heels. I just felt like some of that passion of being the head coach was leaving me, and I didn’t feel like was right for me to feel that way being the head coach.”
Corbin athletic director Andrew Roark said McDaniel will be missed while adding he appreciated his time as head coach of the Lady Redhounds.
“He did a wonderful job coaching the girls the last few years. Jason is a total professional, and is respected by everyone in the Corbin school system,” he said. “Hopefully, he has not totally shut the door on coaching because kids need men like coach McDaniel in their lives. We thank coach McDaniel for everything he has done for our girls and this program and can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
McDaniel said he enjoyed his four years at Corbin while adding being blessed to have the chance to coach the Lady Redound program.
“I’ve been blessed to have had a lot of really good players during my four years,” he said. “The first year I coached, we were coming off a region championship, and it marked the first time in quite some time. We were able to handle the pressure, and the cupboard was full. We accounted for four straight district championships, and one was with coach (Jennifer) Parsons, and then three more when I was coach. We were able to win another region championship in my first year, and this past year, we had goals, but we just came up short.
“Overall, we had a lot adversity throughout the season, and I credit the girls for sticking with it, and being successful,” McDaniel added. “We made a run in the end, and I give all of the credit to the girls. Like I said, I’ve been blessed to have some really good players and really good teams. We were able to have some really good chemistry, and looking back on it, it is kind of bittersweet. Looking back, I feel like there were a couple of years we could have went a bit further in the region. We had some tough luck with some draws, but all in all, I believe we had a very successful four years. I felt like we always gave everything we had.”
BARBOURVILLE — The Knox Central Lady Panther basketball program will be in search of a new coach with Amanda Vermillion stepping down as head coach. Vermillion coached one year as Knox Central, guiding the Lady Panthers to a 7-23 record with Knox Central earning 51st District Tournament runner-up honors while advancing to the 13th Region Tournament before being eliminated by South Laurel.
“I am not what the players or parents want at this position, and I saw that,” Vermillion said in a statement. “I wish everyone the best and hope that they find someone to fit their desires as a head coach. I am unsure as to what the future holds for me, yet I am sure that I am retiring from the business of organizing and during time, energy and resources into a program just for someone to come in behind me and look like a superstar.
“If the opportunity arises in a girls’ basketball program where the community is searching for a coach to help shape young athletes into better athletes, but more importantly, better students/future citizens, then I will take it. Until that point, I have a beautiful little girl, who is already enjoying Mommy being home more. God Bless everyone whom I was in contact with, for in the end, he is bigger than anything we humans can manifest.”