Curtis Turley resigns as Collins boys' basketball coach

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By Josh Cook

Curtis Turley has resigned as Collins’ boys' basketball coach after one season.

Under Turley the Titans went 18-12 in their inaugural campaign, which ended with a 52-49 loss to Henry County in the first round of the 8th Region Tournament.

"He's had an opportunity he felt like he couldn't turn down," Collins Principal Anthony Hatchell said Monday afternoon.

"It's not high school [coaching]," Turley added, although he didn't get any more specific, when reached Monday afternoon.

Turley indicated that a formal announcement of his new job could come within the week.

One possible place of employment could the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, whose offices are based in Lexington.

Another could be Western Kentucky University, his alma mater. Turley, who played on the men’s junior varsity team as an undergrad there, still has a home in Bowling Green, where his wife, Brenda, lived this past season.

"I've got an opportunity at this point in my career that I feel like I can't pass up," Turley said.

Turley informed those Titans who would be back at the school next year of his decision on Monday afternoon.

"It was tough to tell them," he said. "I told them I'm going to keep up with them and hopefully will be able to see them in the State Tournament."

In 32 seasons of coaching high school basketball in the state Turley has compiled a 624-321 record with 11 different schools. His victory total ranks him 11th on the state's all-time list.

After this past season ended speculation ran wild in the county that Turley would not be back on the sidelines next season, but he said that he fully intended to return for the 2011-12 season before this most recent opportunity presented itself in the last “couple of weeks.”

The Titans could be one of the better teams in the 8th Region next season behind junior-to-be Dez Marshall, who led the county in scoring this past season with 13.9 points per game. Several other key players are set to return, including seniors-to-be Michael Brooks, Brian Stone, Larz Hall and Darian Dugle and sophomore-to-be Ralphie Stone.

Collins officials said that they would look to move swiftly to find Turley’s successor.

“We want to move as quickly as possible,” Hatchell said. “We must consider the quality of the teacher, as well as the coach.”

As for the possibility of promoting someone already in-house, none of Turley’s assistant coaches are going with him, Hatchell said: “All applicants will be considered.”