5TH HEAD COACH FIRED
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Last Friday’s firing of Blue Devil baseball coach Tracy Slone brings to five the number of Lebanon High head coaches dismissed by principal Myra Sloan since taking her job a year ago.
Tracy Slone’s seventh and final season as head coach of the LHS baseball program ended with a record of 13-21 -- including victories over TSSAA Sectional qualifiers Mt. Juliet, Beech and Dickson County.
“Coach Slone came to Lebanon High School as our baseball coach after Coach (Barry) Messer left in 2004,” Principal Sloan said. “I have known Tracy since he first moved to Lebanon and also when he taught at LHS as a Special Education and Physical Education teacher. I appreciate his dedication to LHS and the passion for the game itself and for the young men that have played under his direction.”
“At some point, I’ll have something to say about this,” Coach Slone said, “but not right now.”
Team parents and players attempted to meet with Principal Sloan Tuesday in support of Coach Slone, but that visit was delayed, then postponed when the gathering swelled to over 20. It is believed a spokesman for that group will have a face-to-face meeting with Director of Schools Mike Davis in the next several days.
LHS knocked off Hendersonville in the first round of the District 9AAA tournament, then lost to Gallatin 3-0 and eventual state qualifier Mt. Juliet 5-1 to close the 2011 season.
Slone’s 2009 Lebanon team went 23-13 and reached the Regional Tournament for the first time in over a decade -- losing to Coffee County in the semi-finals.
Slone is a native of Indiana and a graduate of Cumberland University where he pitched on the Bulldogs’ first World Series team in 1988. He played two seasons of minor league baseball in the New York Yankees and Oakland A’s organizations.
Prior to coaching at LHS he was the head coach at Lincoln County High School and at Lakeland High in LaGrange, Ind. During his prep coaching career, Sloan has seen 80 of his former players go on to play at the college level and three more sign pro contracts.
Slone now joins the ranks of football coach Bobby Brown, boy’s basketball coach Doug Keil, track coach David Glasscock and wrestling coach Darren Plumlee as having been dismissed under Principal Sloan’s tenure.
Brown has secured a position with the Lebanon Special Schools District as assistant principal at Baird Middle School. Within days of his firing, Keil was hired as assistant basketball coach and math teacher at Mt. Juliet High.
Glasscock has been named an assistant principal at Carroll-Oakland Elementary while Plumlee will teach and coach at Baird Middle School this fall.
The coaching vacancy at LHS was listed on the TSSAA’s online bulletin board Monday morning, June 13.