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Turnham steps down from SCHS basketball coaching position

Posted on Monday, March 4, 2024 at 8:18 pm

Post Photo by Gary Johnson Coach Kyle Turnham has resigned as coach of the Shelbyville Central Golden Eaglettes. He posted a record of 35-44 as head coach of the Eaglettes.

Kyle Turnham, head girls basketball coach at Shelbyville Central High School, has
announced today that he will be stepping down effective immediately. Turnham took over the program
at the start of the 2021-22 season.
“I was brought here to rebuild this once-proud program and restore credibility. We accomplished that
goal,” said Turnham. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done. We’ve substantially improved the culture of
the program 180° from the one we inherited. We just produced the 1st winning record at Shelbyville
since 2017-18 and the 1st region win since 2016-17 as well.”
“We will always be grateful for the experience and expertise Coach Turnham brought to the Eaglette
program,” commented Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tammy Garrett. “I’m proud of the
accomplishments of this coach and his team. Also, as a key organizer of our elementary basketball
league, his legacy will be felt for years to come.”
When asked about his experience serving in Bedford County Schools, Turnham replied, “I’m indebted to
Dr. Tammy Garrett for her support over the years; I couldn’t ask for a better superintendent. I’m very
appreciative for the support I’ve gotten from Principal Charlie Pope and School Board Chairman Michael
Cook as well. I am beyond appreciative to Rick Insell and his family for their belief in me and their
support of me.”
SCHS Principal Charlie Pope stated that Turnham guided the team this year to their best record in almost
a decade and also a second-round region tournament win.
“To say I’m saddened is an understatement,” said Pope. “Coach Turnham has worked tirelessly to
resurrect the Golden Eaglette basketball program and has put it back on solid ground. I thank him for his
contributions to his assistant coaches and especially to the athletes who have played under him for the
past three seasons.”
Pope added that Turnham adhered to a motto that aided in putting the program on solid footing.
“’Leave it better than you found it.’ That’s exactly what Coach Turnham did.”
“Last, but certainly not least,” said Turnham, “I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my players, my seniors
and juniors in particular, who have been with me for the duration, and to my assistant coaches Marla
Agee and Alexis Whittington, for their outstanding contributions. They will all always hold a special place
in my heart.”