Set to turn 40 this year and with a second child on the way, Shawn Purlee decided it was time for a new career path. He announced Wednesday that he has stepped down after six seasons as the boys’ basketball coach at Butler High School.
“I’m just getting to the point where I’m always analyzing the things I’m missing out on by coaching,” he said. “It’s time to see what my life is like without basketball and spend time with my family.”
Purlee, a 1991 Butler graduate, was an assistant coach for the Bears for seven seasons before being named head coach at Doss in 2003. He spent four seasons with the Dragons before returning to Butler as head coach in 2007.
His best season was 2009-10, when the Bears reached the quarterfinals of the Sweet 16 and finished 20-12. This season’s team finished 24-8, falling to Pleasure Ridge Park in the Sixth Region final.
Purlee said he nearly stepped down after last season but wanted to stay with the program’s three seniors this season: Terry Harbin, Rashawn Farrell and Demetrius McReynolds.
“I loved those three seniors this year … and it was a special season with them,” Purlee said. “It was a good way to go out.”
He plans to stay at Butler as a biology teacher and would like to go into administration someday.
Athletic director Mike Crawley said the school is accepting applications for Purlee’s replacement.
Woodford County ranked No. 1 in baseball poll
Defending state champion Woodford County is No. 1 in the first Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25 of the season.
Woodford County received 12 of 15 first-place votes. No. 2 Henderson County, last year’s state runner-up, received one first-place vote, and No. 3 Pleasure Ridge Park got the other two.
The entire poll:
1. Woodford County, 2. Henderson County, 3. Pleasure Ridge Park, 4. Tates Creek, 5. Lexington Catholic, 6. St. Xavier, 7. Newport Central Catholic, 8. Lafayette, 9. Central Hardin, 10. Harrison County, 11. Trinity, 12. Lexington Christian, 13. Paul Dunbar, 14. Male, 15. West Jessamine, 16. Russell County, 17. Muhlenberg County, 18. Union County, 19. Ashland Blazer, 20. Lone Oak, 21. Madison Central, 22. Daviess County, 23. Collins, 24. Bowling Green, 25. Bishop Brossart.