published Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Kevin Templeton out as boys' basketball coach at Soddy-Daisy

There will be a new boys' basketball coach next year at Soddy-Daisy.

Principal John Maynard said Friday that he plans to replace Kevin Templeton, who has been the head coach for the last six seasons.

"I hope Coach T stays on and continues teaching freshmen, coaching the golf team, and accepts an assistant athletic director position," Maynard said. "I appreciate all the love, care and hard work he has put into our boys' basketball program."

In his first season, Soddy-Daisy went 19-8, but there also have been some rough seasons record-wise, including this past year when the Trojans were 9-17 and 2-10 in District 5-AAA.

"We were pretty bad three years ago, but I felt we had slowly gotten better," said Templeton, formerly successful with Tennessee Temple's high school and university programs. "I respect the decision. I don't agree with it. I'll just trust God and press on.

"I coached some great kids here. I really enjoy being here and I expect to be here teaching next year, but I don't know what God has planned for me."

Soddy-Daisy also made a recent change in the girls' basketball program.

David Casteel announced in mid-April that he was stepping down so he could spend more time with his family. He has three children and his wife is expecting a fourth in July.

Maynard promoted Drew Lyness to succeed Casteel. A graduate of Red Bank and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Lyness has been the girls' assistant the past two years.

Contact Ward Gossett at or 423-886-4765.

about Ward Gossett...

Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...

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