Jason Grubb relieved as Lady Cougar basketball coach


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Prior to the regularly scheduled meeting of the Pulaski County School Board on Tuesday a closed door session was held to discuss personnel issues. The result of that session was a vote that will have a big impact on the Lady Cougar basketball program, as Jason Grubb was informed that his coaching contract would not be renewed for next season.

Pulaski County High School Activities Director Scott Vest released a statement this morning concerning the situation. According to a media release, Pulaski County High School Athletic Director Scott Vest has announced a vacancy in the Varsity Girls Head Basketball position formally held by Mr. Jason Grubb.

“We would like to thank Mr. Grubb for his six years of dedication and passion for our students and the girls basketball program,” said Vest.

The release states the position will be posted immediately on the Pulaski County Public Schools website. An acting coach will be named later in the week.

While the decision does come at a time that will allow school officials ample time to find a replacement for the upcoming season, it has also put current players, parents, and assistant coaches in a position to worry about the future of the program.

Most are concerned that the hard work put into forming a productive AAU program will be lost, and that all of the progress made over the past season will slip into reverse.

Sources from within the Pulaski County School System have made it clear that there is no need for concern, and as the press release from Vest makes clear the program will continue to move forward. With the naming of the interim coach this week to keep thing running, fans can fully expect to see the Lady Cougar AAU program continue to do what they’ve done over the past two years.

The Lady Cougars finished the 2013-2014 season with a record of 7-16, an improvement over the 3-19 record from the 2012-2013 season that saw an extremely young Lady Cougar squad playing without several key players due to injuries.

Over the past six seasons, the Lady Cougars have a record of 69-80. The top seasons from that time frame included a 15-12 record in 2008-2009, a 14-12 record in the 2011-2012 season, and a 19-6 record during the 2010-2011 season.

The Lady Cougars have won the River Ridge District Tournament three times in that time frame, and won the district championship in the 2010-2011 season.



75 Responses to Jason Grubb relieved as Lady Cougar basketball coach

  1. Anonymous

    March 12, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Coaching middle school is different than competing at a varsity level. As history shows, they can’t always transition well.

  2. seen it all

    March 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I can not bring myself to understand how a child gets cut from tryouts, who obviously plays better than 1-2 other children who made the team.. If you already know who made the list then why bother having tryouts? The old saying, “its all who you know” really perturbs me, but unfortunately SO TRUE!! I think a child should have fair try and be accepted to the team for there accountability of how well they play the sport, not how much money the parent has.

  3. not a sports fan

    March 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    It is amazing that some things never change. Parents of athletes. Grow up, it is a sport and sports are suppose to be fun. Parents like the ones that have posted are the problem. Let your kids have fun. They are only playing high school sports. They are NOT going to play at the college level – so ease up and let them enjoy the “GAME”.

    Stop complaining about EVERY little THING

  4. Anonymous

    March 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    How do you know these girls aren’t going to play college ball? Do you have some magical power to see into the future? If so let us in on your secret and we’ll all hit the lottery. Some of these kids DO have a chance to get a scholarship to a college but most college’s don’t look at schools if they consistently have bad seasons. And these girls are having fun but losing 20 games per season does make it less fun. But Buddy Farris isn’t the answer. You talk about it being fun. He’s the opposite of fun.

    • not a sports fan

      March 13, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Magical powers are not needed to know that only 6.3% of high school girls basketball players ever play at the college level! Statistics > Not magical powers.
      Everybody thinks it’s going to be their kid, but most kids are done with sports after high school (in part because of the pressure they get from their parents that are living their life thru them)
      Sad but TRUE!!!!
      Parents cannot look objectively at the skills of their own children, but good coaches like Farris can. His record speaks for itself. He has coached at the high school and middle school level with winning seasons. His middle school team this year.
      Check out their record, it speaks for itself!

  5. No name

    March 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Coach Grubb did a great job with these girls and you can see the passion he has for them when he is coaching. He isn’t one to get outrageously upset with them for losing. You can only make people as good as they want to be. Without ambition and drive THEMSELVES they won’t get any where. It’s a poor excuse to blaim ALL there losing on him. He was a good coach!

    As for parents: it’s HS and it is sometimes political BUT if your child is that good, they’ll make it. Again stop making excuse for why they aren’t “good” enough and just face the fact that everything in life won’t go their way.

  6. Anonymous

    March 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    To much parental control in all sports at PC far as I can see!!!! Word is out that our programs are ran by parents and not coaches!!!! #mightbewhywearelosing ineverysport!!! Look at the number of students we have!!!! We should have 300 plus trying out for football well every sport !!! I will say what kids say when I ask them why don’t u play “to many politics and the parents control it all I don’t have a chance” will leave it at that!!!!!!!!

  7. Anonymous

    March 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I have questions…did Brewster ever attend a girls basketball game once this past season?? and has he ever attended a basketball game since becoming superintendent?? Does he live in Pulaski County?? No, no and no. Is he trying to find another job at present time???? Yes. I think his decision to fire Jason Grubb was based on politics not performance as he said…parent politics to be exact!! The person who comment above about parents running the show is exactly right!

  8. PCHS Alumnist

    March 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Honestly, Buddy Farris is the perfect choice to take back the reigns of head coach for PCHS girls. When Buddy was coach from the mid 1990’s until 2002, his teams were very successful, and also, he knew the ingredients of how to win, starting with camp participation. Rod Reedy had the same philosophy playing year round ball attending prestigious women’s basketball camps such as the Pat Summit Camp at the University of Tennessee, UNC and Duke’s women’s camp.

    Experience at these camps had shown on the court. Another thing too about Buddy along with Rod is that they were not afraid to go toe-to-toe with outstanding girls basketball programs throughout the country. Even if PC lost to these teams, PC learned how to play and be the best.

  9. PCHS Alumnist

    March 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Another thing too, Chad Owen should be appointed the new boys basketball coach at PCHS replacing Mark Hanks. Mark served PCHS basketball well with great seasons however, it’s time to change guard with someone new with a different philosophy. Chad Owen is the MAN for PCHS boys basketball.

  10. Rhoda

    March 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Yes I will have to agree with you about this akers coach. I seen this also at the games that were played. I went to some of both games, and what did you see there was akers coaching his own son. Then go to the girls and there was his daughter and never was taken out. I am sick to my stomach about hearing about this coach. All I got to say is that would be the worst mistake this county ever made. I would also like to say something about the varsity coach of the boys. How many games has he coached and won. Why hasn’t anything been done about him. I think myself the county should have coaches that aren’t related to any of the kids. I thought by VHSL rules you had to teach at least 3 classes before you could coach. And again its who you know in this county or related to.

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