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2/14/07

Carl Love Out As John Tyler Basketball Coach

One day after John Tyler's boy's basketball season came to an end, Carl Love was removed as head coach.  A statement issued today by the TISD Athletic Department said, "(John Tyler Principal) Dr. Michael McFarland, (John Tyler campus athletic coordinator) Thomas Brooks and (TISD Athletic Director) Danny Long informed Coach Carl Love that it was time for a change in leadership in varsity basketball at John Tyler High School."

The Lions finished the season with a 10-20 record, 1-9 in district play.  They missed the playoffs for the second straight season, after 13 consecutive seasons of postseason play.

"(Coach Love) has done an outstanding job as a coach, and we have nothing but respect for him," McFarland said, "but in order for us to move and continue to be competitive in this environment, we have to have new ideas.  We have to have a fresh approach, and new ways of doing things, and we feel like a change in leadership will get us there."

In 17 seasons as head coach at John Tyler, Love won eight district championships and was named coach of the year five times.  The Lions win over North Mesquite Tuesday night was Love's 400th at John Tyler.  He has won over 500 over his coaching career.

McFarland said a search would begin immediately for a new coach. 

"The main this is, we're going to be looking for a coach who is a leader himself," McFarland said, "who is able to go out and motivate kids and someone who kids enjoy playing for, someone who has a track record of success and who can continue building on the good things Coach Love has done.  He's set the bar extremely high, and we just hope we can find somebody that picks up where he's left off."

McFarland said no interim coach will be named, but the assistants will remain in place to run the off season program.

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