Troy Barr, who coached the Bullitt East High School boys’ basketball team to three regional titles in 11 seasons, announced his resignation Tuesday to become the school’s athletic director.
Barr replaces Bob Blackburn, who was Barr’s basketball coach at Bullitt East in the mid-1980s. Blackburn, 55, retired this week after 33 years in education, including the last seven as the school’s AD.
Barr, 44, said he had the option to take the AD job and stay on as basketball coach.
“I just felt like I wanted one title,” Barr said. “The last seven years I’ve been assistant AD and coach and teacher, and it’s too many directions. I’m ready for something different.”
A 1986 graduate of Bullitt East, Barr was an assistant coach under Blackburn for 11 seasons before becoming head coach in 2002. He compiled a 245-95 record, a .721 winning percentage.
In 2005, Barr led Bullitt East to its first Eighth Region title. The following season the Chargers were moved to the Sixth Region. Bullitt East won back-to-back regional titles in 2011 and 2012 and reached the Sweet 16 semifinals in 2011 before falling to Rowan County. The Chargers were ranked among the top five teams in the state and finished 29-5 last season, falling to Pleasure Ridge Park in the regional semifinals.
“Winning the Eighth Region and getting our first regional was big,” Barr said. “And after we were moved to the Sixth, getting to where we were competitive and to the point of winning that region was very special. Those two things really stand out.”
Blackburn credited Barr with taking the program “to another level.”
“He made it a nationally recognized program,” Blackburn said. “The last three years in particular have been just phenomenal for our school and our program.”
Barr said Bullitt East will immediately begin accepting applications for a new coach.