Ashley announces retirement

 Ingomar’s long-time head coach has announced his retirement, but the top spot for boys’ basketball at the school will remain in the Ashley family.

The resignation of Norris Ashley was accepted at Monday’s Union County School Board meeting, ending the career of Mississippi’s all-time winningest basketball coach after 43 years.

Ashley spent 41 seasons at the helm of Ingomar’s basketball program, working with both the boys’ and girls’ teams. During his tenure, Ashley won nine state titles (five boys’, four girls’), winning 675 games on the girls’ side and 1,023 boys’ games. Career win 1,000 for boys’ came on January 21, 2011, and the last state title for the school was in 2010.

“We would like to thank Norris for the many years he has given, teaching and coaching, in our school district,” Union County Superintendent Ken Basil said. “This closes a long and significant chapter in the history of basketball at Ingomar, and we are grateful for his contributions and proud of his many accomplishments.”

Taking over for Ashley is his son, Jonathan, who will move from his current position at Myrtle. Jonathan has coached the Hawks for six seasons, leading the school to five straight appearances in the 1A state tournament, four consecutive north half titles and an overall record of 139-50.

No decision has been made on the opening for Myrtle’s boys’ program.

There will be more on this story in Friday’s New Albany Gazette.