Mains resigns as Lady Trailblazers’ coach

Douglas Fritz • Updated Apr 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM

A little over a month after its first-ever appearance in the Class AAA state basketball tournament, Daniel Boone is looking for a new girls basketball coach.

Travis Mains announced his resignation late Thursday night. Mains guided Boone to a 30-5 record last season, winning district and regional titles, beating Oak Ridge in the sectional, and losing to unbeaten Bradley Central in the state quarterfinals.

Mains was the coach of the year on the Johnson City Press/Times-News All-Northeast Tennessee team in each of the last two seasons.

“I have learned so much about myself and about young people, and how amazing they can be,” said Mains. “Daniel Boone is an amazing place and full of amazing young people. It’s just time for someone else to get the opportunity to lead these talented young women.”

A high-energy coach, Mains seemed to pull the enthusiasm out of his players. The Lady Trailblazers were one of the top teams in Northeast Tennessee in each of the last three seasons.

Mains said time went by quickly.

“My kids continue to grow, and their lives are becoming increasingly busy with various activities,” said Mains. “I have found myself missing too many of their experiences. I take the role of head coach very seriously and pride myself on staying prepared and educated on the game as it continues to evolve. That takes a tremendous amount of time and dedication. Unfortunately I do not know how to approach the job any differently.”

Mains said he took a great deal of time to make the decision.

“I have spent weeks in deep thought and prayer because Daniel Boone is a special place to me,” said Mains. “I am a proud graduate of Daniel Boone, and Bobby Snyder, my former coach, is still a huge part of my life and career.”

Mains led Boone to a record of 133-63. The Lady Trailblazers won three Big Seven Conference titles and two District 1-AAA championships. Boone was ranked in the top 10 in the state for most of the last two seasons.

“I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to lead this program,” said Mains. “Daniel Boone was a program with a strong history before my arrival, and I feel that I was able to able to add to its storied tradition of excellence both on and off the court.”

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