By Ethan Colbert
Bowling Green High School Head Coach Cary Bibb has announced that he plans to resign from his coaching positions, according to Bowling Green R-I School District Athletic Director Matt Chance.
Bibb, a 1985 graduate of Bowling Green High School, was hired to coach the varsity basketball team in 2014. He also coaches the middle school football team. According to Chance, the resignation is for both coaching positions.
In a telephone interview with the Bowling Green Times, Bibb said he was resigning to “spend more time being a Dad, a husband, and less time being a basketball coach.”
“The more and more that my daughters became involved with things, the more the thought entered my mind that I needed to resign,” Bibb said. Bibb and his wife, Janese, have twin 10-year-old daughters.
“I missed two of their games in January,” Bibb said. “That is when I realized that I needed to spend more time being a Dad and a husband.”
Bibb said he informed the team of his pending resignation after a practice last week.
“I think they were taken aback,” Bibb said. “I don’t think they really expected it.”
While Bibb said he would be transitioning
from his seat on the sidelines, he had told the players that they could still turn to him for advice or for assistance on developing their skills.
“I’m not going to leave them,” Bibb said. “I am not running away. I will still be there if they need me.”
Bibb came to BGHS after coaching stints at nearby Clopton High School, Prairie Home, Kemper Military School, Wellsville-Middletown, Sedalia’s Smith-Cotton High School, and Brookfield Junior High.
In his telephone interview, Bibb described the experience of coaching at BGHS as “an amazing experience.”
“For me to be able to coach and teach in the gym where I played basketball and where I have so many wonderful memories has been incredible,” Bibb said. The head coach said he also enjoyed coaching players whose parents he had went to school with.
“It has been a great pleasure to coach at BGHS,” Bibb said. In his tenure at BGHS, Bibb has coached the Bobcats to a 61-35 record.
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With a 12-11 varsity record and a lot of talent at the junior varsity level, Bibb said he believed that the job opening would attract several qualified and seasoned coaches.
“There is a very passionate fan base here at Bowling Green,” Bibb said. “With that passionate fan, base there is my opinion nothing better in the entire state of Missouri and in high school basketball than coaching at the Bowling Green High School Tournament. I know that coaching at BGHS is a great opportunity for someone.”
In a statement, Athletic Director Matt Chance said he was not able to comment on any potential hires at this time.