For six years, J.B. Suiter has kept Westview High’s boys’ basketball team among the best in West Tennessee, consistently competing for and winning district championships and making long runs into the Class AA postseason.
That time for Suiter has come to an end after he announced his resignation as coach on Wednesday.
“I’ve been in the Weakley County system for 13 years and have aspirations to do different things with my career, and I wanted to get into another system and learn how they do things,” Suiter said.
That new system Suiter is joining is the one at Union City, which is where he’s going to teach. No coaching assignments have been made for him. Suiter’s brother, Eddie, coaches the girls’ basketball team at Union City.
Suiter said his aspirations involve possibly moving up the ranks of faculty.
“I’m not going there to be a principal or anything like that,” Suiter said. “But I do eventually want to get into administration, and learning how they do things in Union City will give me another look at how things get done.”
Suiter leaves Westview with a record of 127-58 in six years as a head coach. He led the Chargers to five appearances in the Class AA sectionals.
Westview Principal Jeromy Davidson already had a busy time coming up with end-of-course tests starting the home stretch of the end of the school year.
With Suiter’s resignation, Davidson got another item on his agenda for the next few weeks.
“J.B. is a good man and a good coach. We hate to lose him,” Davidson said. “We talked this afternoon when he turned in his resignation, and he told me he doesn’t plan to not coach next year.”
Suiter confirmed he does hope to coach somehow.
“I can’t leave the school at 3 o’clock every day and go home and sit around,” Suiter said. “Coaching is in my blood.
“Nothing has been discussed yet about if or what I coach. My brother and I have talked a couple times about working together, so I guess that’s a possibility.”
Before he taught for 13 years in the Weakley County School System, Suiter was born and raised in Martin and is a 1993 graduate of Westview. He said moving up Hwy. 22 will be something he has to get used to.
“I’ve been in Martin all my life almost, and leaving will probably be something I need to get used to,” Suiter said. “I appreciate my Westview family for supporting me and this program for the past few years.
“In my opinion, we’ve had some good teams in this program over the past few years, and I appreciate the support we’ve had and the relationships I’ve built with other coaches in the area and district and the players I’ve had the honor to coach.”
Davidson said there have been no conversations yet about who the next coach will be.
“We’ll post the position on Monday and see what happens after that,” Davidson said. “I’m not going to place any definite deadlines on making a hire or anything like that.
“I would like to get somebody in with head coaching experience because we feel like we’ll have a good team next year with a tough schedule. We need somebody we feel like can handle it, so we’ll see how that goes when we see who applies for it.”
Davidson said he’d like to have somebody hired before the semester ends in May, but he wasn’t going to set that kind of a deadline on the job.
Reach Brandon Shields at (731) 425-9751.