Steve Crouse has served as Madison County High School’s head boys’ basketball coach for 13 years. And Tim Drake has always been his assistant.
Now, the two are switching roles. Drake will serve as the new Red Raider boys’ basketball coach in 2013-14, while Crouse will be his assistant.
Crouse informed players and parents of the change last week.
“I love coaching the game and investing in young men, but I would like the opportunity to put some time into other areas,” wrote Crouse in a letter about the change. “I am confident that Coach Drake has the ability to lead this team back to the state tournament and I want to support that goal. Coach Drake has been my assistant coach for the past 13 years and will do an excellent job moving this program forward.”
Crouse voiced appreciation to school officials for giving the go-ahead to the “unusual changing in coaching responsibilities.”
“I did not resign, was not asked to resign and was not fired,” said Crouse. “This is a great opportunity for both of us and great for the program.”
Madison County’s boys’ basketball team, which was composed largely of freshmen and sophomores this past season, finished the year with a sub .500 record but earned a berth in the Class AAAA state tournament.