By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Clay Kidd’s playing days at Ingomar are over. Still, he would like to see his coach, Norris Ashley, remain on the gym floor.
“I hope he doesn’t retire,” said Kidd, whose father, Barry, played for Ashley. “I sure would like for him to coach.”
Ashley, the state’s winningest coach with a 1,664-831 record in 41 seasons, 39 at Ingomar, of coaching boys and girls basketball, says he will “probably” retire in a few weeks.
“I’ll look at it in three or four weeks and see what my family and I want to do,” Ashley, 62, said moments after watching his team drop a 66-39 decision to West Bolivar in the MHSAA Grand Slam. “There’s a pretty good chance of it.”
Ashley’s team finished with a 30-7 record and beat McAdams, 72-60, here last week for his ninth state championship, his fifth in boys. He also had one Grand Slam title in 1978.
“We stunk today, but we’re still state champions,” Ashley said, then smiled. “That’s something they can look to the rest of their lives.”
Read more Ingomar coverage in Friday’s NEMS Daily Journal.