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Long time Commando Kerry West steps down

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Hendersonville High School boys basketball coach Kerry West resigned on Friday, April 7, ending an 18 year run with the Commandos. During West's time in Hendersonville, HHS won six regular season district championships, three district tournament championships, one region championship, had three sub-state appearances and reached the state tournament in Murfreesboro in 2003 for only the second time in school history.

West has been honored for his success on the court four times earning coach of the year honors in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006 and walks away with 267 coaching wins.

"I have been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to teach and coach at a school that I have literally grown up in," said West. "I was fortunate to coach and mentor some fantastic players throughout the years and will definitely miss being on the sidelines. I have to thank Mr. Paul Decker for giving me, as a 23-year-old, a head coaching job at my alma matter. I would also like to thank coach Mike Brown for his years of service as my high school coach and also for his guidance and leadership as I was an assistant coach under him for two seasons at HHS. I would also like to thank my wife, Courtney, and my children, Kaylor and Channing, for their support throughout the years. I am looking forward to coaching my girls in basketball and softball, and being able to spend more time with my family."

West graduated from Hendersonville in 1991, earning District 9-AAA MVP, all mid-state, and all-state tournament honors his senior season. His stellar senior season only precluded what was to come for the Sumner County native.

During his four years at Belmont University in Nashville, West was part of the 1995 Belmont team that ascended to No. 1 in the NAIA National poll. He also earned first team NAIA All-American honors in 1995 and was honorable mention in 1996.

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