South Warren has joined Bowling Green as area schools now looking for new head boys’ basketball coaches.
Shortly after BGHS boys’ coach Derrick Clubb announced his resignation, Blane Embry – a longtime coach in District 14 and the Spartans’ head boys’ coach for the past two seasons – has also resigned from his position, he confirmed Tuesday in a phone interview with SouthernKyPreps.com.
Embry’s resignation comes as the veteran coach wants to spend more time with his family – especially his wife, Debbie, who is battling Stage 4 lung cancer.
“When we received the news, I thought about stepping down in October, but t’s not a good message when something hard happens and you just quit,” Embry said. “I knew all season that it would probably be it. I’ve been retired once already and came back and coached seven more years. It was just time. Life happens and you’ve just got to move on with it. I’m going to miss parts of it, but I know I’m doing the right thing.”
Embry, who served as the South Warren girls’ coach for five seasons and went 124-36 with three District 14 championships, served as the boys’ coach for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons and guided the Spartans to an overall record of 30-30. Embry has also held head coaching positions with the Warren East girls’ and Greenwood boys’ programs, including an assistant coaching stint with the WKU women’s basketball program.
South Warren’s 2019-20 season ended with a 70-56 loss to Warren Central in the District 14 semifinals on Feb. 25.
The school’s next head coach will be the program’s sixth since the school opened in 2010.