After three successful seasons in his second stint as Bullitt East High School boys basketball coach, Bob Blackburn said the time is now to move on from the program.
Blackburn, 57, told Bullitt East administrators Thursday that he is stepping down as the Chargers’ head coach and said he doesn’t plan to pursue any other coaching jobs.
“There’s only one place I’d coach,” Blackburn said of Bullitt East. “I made the determination that this is what’s best for the program and what’s best for my family and myself.”
Blackburn posted a 74-24 record over the past three seasons, finishing as the Sixth Region runner-up in 2014 and 2016 and reaching the regional semifinals in 2015.
Blackburn also was Bullitt East’s head coach for 14 seasons from 1988-2002, posting a 240-184 record. Blackburn retired as Bullitt East’s athletic director in July 2013 before being named head coach in October 2013.
“I thought I’d be one-and-done after that season,” Blackburn said. “But as a coach you get attached to the kids. It’s hard to walk away.”
Blackburn said his first grandchild is due in September and that “there are some other things pulling me that aren’t basketball-related.”
The Chargers finished 27-6 last season after falling to Doss in the Sixth Region final. They will lose five of their top seven scorers to graduation, with Konnor Polson and Connor Green slated to be the top returners.
“It’s going to be a brand new team next year … but it’s going to be a fun group to coach and they’re going to have success,” Blackburn said. “It breaks my heart to leave them.”
Bullitt East athletic director Troy Barr said the school will begin accepting applications for Blackburn’s replacement next week. Barr, who coached the Chargers from 2002-13, said he doesn’t plan to pursue the job.
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