Jan 10, 2013 12:56 PM
After leading the DuPont Manual girls' basketball team to its first state title last season, Stacy Pendleton announced earlier this week that he will retire after this year.
"About a month ago I started to realize I didn't have the passion I used to have," he told Courier Journal columnist Jason Frakes. "This is the first year I've ever looked at my watch in practice, wondering what time it is. I'm not scouting or working as hard as I did in the past. When you lose that desire and passion, it's time to give it up."
Pendleton spent two seasons at Jeffersontown, then moved on to coach three years at South Oldham before taking the helm at Manuel in 2004. Under Pendleton, Manual won three Seventh Region championships and reached the Sweet 16 semifinals in 2008. The Lady Crimsons fell to Rockcastle County in the state final in 2011 before winning it all with a 58-54 victory over Marion County last season.
The Lady Crimsons currently boast a 10-4 record and are tied for ninth in the latest AP rakings. Pendleton told Frakes he thinks his team can compete for a second state crown.
"I want to celebrate these last two months," he said. "It's not like a freakin' death. It's a happy thing. I'm not going to change. In fact, I'm ready to pick it back up these last two months."
Pendleton plans to continue teaching at Manuel.