JONESBOROUGH — John Good took David Crockett to a place it hadn’t been before, but the Pioneers will have to move forward without him.
After six seasons as the boys’ head basketball coach, Good announced his resignation Monday. He will replace Michael Smith as Unicoi County’s coach. Smith stepped down from his coaching position Monday.
Good said timing was one of the reasons he is leaving Crockett.
“I don’t want to be the guy they roll out the door,” said Good, whose record with the Pioneers was 116-76. “Once you feel as if you have done the work that was set out for you to do, it’s time for someone else to step in.”
Good started off strong with Pioneers, leading them to a record of 21-13 in his first season. They were 25-7 in Year 2, reaching the region semifinals before a tough loss to Dobyns-Bennett.
In 2016, Crockett did the unthinkable. After losing to Science Hill by two points in the Region 1-AAA final, the Pioneers went on the road and shocked Oak Ridge in overtime to reach the state tournament for the first time in school history. It was Crockett’s second win over Oak Ridge that season, and the Wildcats’ only losses all season were to Crockett and eventual state runner-up Cordova.
In the state tournament in Murfreesboro, Crockett lost to Station Camp 78-68. The Pioneers finished with a record of 30-6.
The underdog Pioneers surprisingly reached the sectionals again in 2017, falling in a 30-point loss to Oak Ridge and finishing 19-16.
Crockett went 14-14 in 2018 before finishing 7-20 last year.
Good said he will miss the players.
“The best things about my time has been the relationships I made with the players and coaches, and the journey they allowed me to experience with them,” Good said.
Crockett athletic director Josh Kite said Good will be missed.
“He’s a class act,” Kite said. “What he did here at Crockett is a phenomenal story. He got us to the state tournament, beat Oak Ridge twice in the same year, and put multiple kids in college. We will miss him. It’s a tough day for Pioneer Nation, but we wish him and his family the very best.”
Kite said the Pioneers would like to find a teacher/coach to replace Good.
“But right now we don’t have any teaching spots available,” the AD said. “I’m not opposed to a nonfaculty coach. We don’t want to just throw somebody in there, but we would like to have somebody within the month.”