Teams may not see a 1-3-1 defense when they play Beech High’s boys basketball team next year.
Buccaneer head coach Darrin Joines announced his resignation on Monday, two days after Beech suffered a 64-46 loss at Springfield in the Region 5-AAA Tournament quarterfinals on Saturday.
Joines indicated that it was not a spontaneous decision. Instead, his mind had already been made up.
“If it was an emotional decision, I wouldn’t do it, but I had already decided,” Joines said. “I’ve been planning for this day for a while now.”
The Buccaneers finished with a 16-16 record this season and the team’s first Region 5-AAA Tournament appearance since the 2011-12 season.
The move had been in the works for some time, according to a two-and-a-half page letter that Joines released on Monday.
Joines had kept his wishes inside a select few. Only his assistant coaches and immediate family knew of his intentions.
“I had decided before the year started,” Joines said. “I had known the whole year, but I didn’t really tell anybody, because I didn’t think that was fair.”
In 16 seasons, Joines’ teams recorded 308 wins against 189 losses, with two Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) State Tournament appearances, which came in back-to-back seasons of 2008-09 and 2009-10.
The Buccaneers won three district regular-season titles during Joines’ tenure, and four district-tournament championships on his watch.
Joines said he doesn’t plan on coaching next year but wouldn’t close the door on the possibility.
“Obviously, you never say never,” Joines said. “Right now, I’m concerned about teaching the rest of the year. I’m pretty serious about our marketing program, and our DECA (an international association of marketing students) program is pretty strong … and I wouldn’t mind giving administration a shot too.”
Joines was a girls assistant coach at Beech for four years prior to becoming the Buccaneer head coach.
“Mr. (Kenny) Powell (the Beech principal) will find a great coach,” Joines said. “He’ll do a good job of finding a good coach. They’re going to have some good people to choose from.”
Former school principal Frank Cardwell introduced Joines to the 1-3-1 defense after his first season, a 3-21 campaign during the 2000-01 school year. The defensive alignment has been a staple of the Buccaneer program since that time.
That may change under a new head coach, but Joines said he would be “100-percent behind” the next coach.
“I want it to be better than it is right now … I really do,” Joines said. “I’m a Beech guy. A special part of me will always be a Beech coach.”
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