Story has resigned as the girls’ basketball coach at David Crockett, saying he’s ready to go back to college and earn his degree.
“I had mixed emotions turning in that letter,” Story said Tuesday. “But knowing I can go back and get a degree, I have a chance to obtain something a lot of people don’t do.”
Story, a former star basketball player at East Tennessee State, says he’s eight credit hours shy of graduating.
“I’ve enjoyed every day I’ve been down here, but I feel like I’ve reached my potential here,” Story said. “I have so much more to offer and I’m not going to be able to achieve that here.
“I’m ready to spread my wings.”
The 49-year-old Story coached at Crockett for seven years, four of them as the varsity head coach.
“When I took over in 2014, we beat Boone and Crockett hadn’t beaten Boone in five years,” Story said. “The next season we qualified for the regional for the first time in 22 years. The last two or three years have not been great, but my enthusiasm and my attitude and approach to the game has never changed. The hardest part of letting go is the relationships with the players who will still be here.”
Story was a bruising forward on the East Tennessee State teams that won four consecutive Southern Conference championships from 1988-92. He was also on the team that upset Arizona in the NCAA Tournament 1992.
“One thing about playing at ETSU, being under (Alan) LeForce and (Les) Robinson, they taught us how to be survivors,” Story said. “We endured so many challenges and overcame so much adversity that there’s nothing I can’t do.”
That even includes math, he said with a laugh.
“I’ve hated math since the day I was born, but I took a class math class and made a B last semester,” he said.
Story said he doesn’t have any coaching opportunities lined up, other than to continue coaching an eighth-grade travel team. He’ll be looking for big things once he gets that degree.
“Im excited about the opportunities that can be out there,” he said. “I’m still a good coach. I’m hungry and enthusiastic. I have a lot to offer.”