Updated; West resigns Tigerette post, cites personal reasons
The Boyd West era as head coach of the Marshall County Tigerettes lasted just 42 games with his sudden resignation Wednesday night.
West, citing personal reasons for leaving the position said in a telephone interview Friday, "This has nothing to do with the team. It is something I have been pondering for awhile. My primary job with Mitchell Groceries keeps me on the road all the time and I have had to neglect some things associated with my work. I still wanted to do all the things necessary to make the Tigerette program a successful one, but felt that I was not able to give one hundred percent to the program. I had to do what is best for me, what is best for the school, and what is best for the team. I want to thank everyone associated with the school and the basketball program for all the support they have given me now and in the past."
West oversees thirty-six grocery stores as a store specialist for Mitchell Groceries and travels throughout Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky.
Mitchell Grocery Corporation is headquartered in Albertville, Ala.
The Tigerettes won three out of their first four games this season before becoming mired in a slump, losing five out their last seven, including a 69-39 thrashing at the hands of archrival Lewis County in Hohenwald Tuesday night.
West and the Tigerettes did not come out of the locker room after the game until the boys game was almost over.
West did not talk to the press after the contest in Hohenwald.
Former Tigerette and West assistant Jerrie Henry took the head coaching reigns on an interim basis Thursday and will be on the end of the bench tonight when the Tigerettes host Hickman County at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.
Henry was a member of the Tigerettes' 1972 state championship team that went undefeated at 31-0.
West said about Henry taking over, "Jerrie will do a wonderful job. Jerrie is a great person and will be a great coach. She has played the game and understands the game. I am so happy that she took the job and I am sure the team will be successful with her as coach."
West took over for David Steely upon his resignation after the Tigerettes won the Class AA state title in 2007-2008.
It was the Tigerettes fourth state championship, oddly enough all coming in the Leap Years of 1972, 1976, 1980, and 2008.
Steely also cited personal reasons for his resignation and remains at MCHS as a math teacher and Department Head.
After taking the head coaching position last season, West and the Tigerettes steam rolled through the regular season with a 25-0 record, then easily captured the District 10AA Tournament championship before being shocked and eliminated from the Region 5-AA Tournament in the second round by Hume-Fogg 49-48.
West leaves with a 35-7 record.
MCHS athletic Director Kevin McGehee said Friday morning, "We all wish Boyd the best. He did a great job for us."