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June 10, 2014

Corbin's Hart stands by plans of resignation

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

CORBIN — As he announced in October of 2013, Corbin head softball coach Chris Hart said he plans to resign when his contract expires at the end of June.

Hart said Monday he officially turned in his letter of resignation and that he would not seek to renew his contract when it expires on June 30, 2014.

“June 30 is the last day of my contract, so I’m just going to let my contract expire and not try to renew it,” Hart said. “I feel like I’ve had a good run and this is a good time to end it.

“One of the things I like to do is look back at cards and thank you notes that former players send me and see how I’ve been able to impact their lives, not only on the softball field, but in general,” he added. “I take pride in the kids that have come through the program and looking back at what we’ve accomplished is really special.”

When Hart was tabbed to lead the Corbin Lady Redhounds softball program in 2007, he inherited a team that had just finished up a 20-14 season, which was the program’s best record at the time.

He said he knew the program was on the upswing and that he would be expected to continue the progress that had been made over the past two seasons, during which the team had went a combined 41-30.

He did exactly what was expected, putting together three straight winning seasons, going 18-10 in 2007, 18-16 in 2008 and 20-12 in 2009.

Hart’s teams compiled a 131-115 regular season mark, going 13-14 in postseason play through his eight seasons at the helm of the Lady Redhounds with one district title (2009) and two appearances in the 13th Region Championship game.

When he announced his pending resignation last year, Hart said he felt like it was time to move on to other things and cited family time as one of the main reasons for his decision.

“I started coaching when Hannah was in the fourth grade without knowing if she would ever even play softball,” Hart said. “So I’m not coaching because she’s playing softball and I’m not leaving because she’s graduating, however her leaving does give me the opportunity to spend more time with my son.

“That’s really one of my biggest reasons, because my son is 13 years old and it will give me time to be a dad with him,” he added. “I haven’t been able to spend as much time with my family as I would like because softball takes so much time and effort when you’re coaching.”

Hart led the Corbin Lady Redhounds to a 16-20 overall record this season, going 14-5 against 13th Region foes. The Lady Redhounds fell to South Laurel in the 50th District title game before being eliminated from postseason play in a 9-1 loss to North Laurel.

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