JOHNSON CITY — Science Hill girls basketball coach Darrell Barnwell resigned on Monday.
He said he informed school officials, his assistant coaches and players for the first time Monday afternoon.
Barnwell, 46, has spent the past eight of his 14 seasons as a head coach at Science Hill. His Lady Hilltoppers finished state runner-up each of the past two seasons after reaching the state semifinals in 2011. Science Hill beat three ranked teams and was ranked No. 11 nationally by CBS MaxPreps much of this season.
It was a rewarding but emotionally grueling year, particularly February. Barnwell’s father, Herschel, died in his hometown of Crossville after an 18-month battle with lung cancer. Earlier in the month, Darrell Barnwell spent most of a day at a hospital. Preliminary results detected high blood pressure, though Barnwell has a follow-up visit scheduled for Friday.
“There are just a lot of things in my personal life that need to become a priority,” Barnwell said, “and it’s hard to do that when you’ve got the priority of the yearlong commitment to being a head coach. … I needed to make this change now.”
Barnwell plans to keep teaching at Science Hill.
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