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Troup resigns as Southside boys basketball coach


Southside boys basketball coach Kevin Troup resigned from the position Tuesday. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times | File)


Kevin Troup resigned Tuesday as the boys varsity basketball coach at Southside High School.

Troup’s resignation was accepted at an Etowah County Board of Education meeting Tuesday, as was the recommendation for his replacement, Chad Holderfield.

Troup had been the Panthers’ coach since 2007. He led the school to four Etowah County tournament championships and a pair of area titles in his six seasons at the helm. In 2010, Southside reached the Northeast Regional for the first time in school history. He led the Panthers to a 107-57 record during his time there.

“Kevin decided to resign as the basketball coach,” Southside athletic director and football coach Marty Smith said. “He will continue to teach. He has handled everything with class.”

Troup turned in his letter of resignation on July 15.

“Nothing was wrong at Southside,” Troup said. “Everything at Southside was great. All the parents, the community were great.”

Troup and Smith cited family reasons for the change —  specifically, Troup’s daughter, Haley, who will be entering her freshman year when the school term begins in August.

“Haley has decided that she wants to go back to Gadsden City and play with the girls that she grew up with. Kevin, being the father that he is, wanting to make sure he can see her play and support her, decided to step back as coach,” Smith said. “That was the only reason for his resignation, as far as I know. Kevin is a good family man who believes in that bond.

“Haley was not unhappy at Southside. She enjoyed playing for coach (Kim) Nails and the girls we have here. I understand and support the family’s decision.”

“I thought at first that I could balance it,” Kevin Troup said of continuing to coach at Southside while his daughter attended Gadsden City and played basketball for the Titans. “She went to Mitchell School from kindergarten through fourth grade and has always maintained a close relationship with that group of friends. I looked at it every way I could to try and balance it, but I can’t be the head coach at this 5A program while my daughter is playing at Gadsden City on the same night. I can’t miss her playing. I need to be a dad first and a coach second.”

Haley Troup is a two-time member of The Gadsden Times’ All-Etowah County basketball team despite her youth. Kevin Troup will be an assistant varsity girls’ basketball coach for the Titans while maintaining his teaching duties at Southside.

“I’m really excited to be able to coach my own kid,” Kevin Troup said.

Holderfield was the Panthers’ junior varsity boys basketball coach before his promotion.

“I feel so honored and blessed,” Holderfield said. “I’ve been at Southside for seven or eight years now and I’ve built a lot of relationships here. I really enjoy being around the kids. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to work with them and about the future of our program.”

Holderfield believes that his predecessor did a lot in helping him get to where he is now.

“Kevin has been a great guy and a great mentor to me,” Holderfield said. “I’ve learned a lot about basketball from him. I’m thankful for all the time he spent with me helping me to be a better coach. I’m really going to miss him.”

Kevin Troup and Smith both believe Holderfield is the right man for the job.

“I think coach Holderfield will do a phenomenal job,” Kevin Troup said.

“I am very proud of Chad,” Smith said. “The relationship he has with the kids is outstanding. Chad is an excellent teacher of the fundamentals of the game. 

“The opportunity for these kids with somebody they already trust to move forward is exciting for them.”

Prior to his stint with the Panthers, Troup led his alma mater, Emma Sansom, for five seasons. He went 98-32 with the Rebels.

He was the assistant athletic director at Gadsden City before being hired at Southside.