TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Tallahassee Community College head men’s basketball coach Eddie Barnes announced Thursday that the 2014-15 season, his 14th leading the Eagles’ program and 40th overall in the coaching fraternity, will be his final one as he will retire from coaching in June.
The Dean of Panhandle Conference coaches, Tallahassee introduced Barnes as its second head coach on May 23, 2001. To date, his Eagle resume includes a record of 256-133, one Panhandle Conference Championship (2006), a pair of NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA state titles (2006, 2011), and two NJCAA District 8 and FCSAA State Coach of the Year awards.
“It has been an honor to have the opportunity to coach at Tallahassee Community College,” said Barnes. “It is a special place, and I will always have fond memories as I prepare for the next chapter of life.
“TCC is truly special because of the good people, a friendly atmosphere and a commitment to student success.”
“Tallahassee Community College will have some big shoes to fill,” said director of athletics Rob Chaney. “Coach Barnes is highly-respected by his peers, which I feel is one of the ultimate compliments bestowed upon a coach. He has dedicated himself to doing things the right way and helping our young men become winners on the court, in the classroom and in life.”
According to Chaney, the school will conduct a national search for a successor and intends to have a coach in place prior to the NJCAA’s spring signing period, which begins in April.
“At the appropriate time in the near future, the process (of finding a successor) will begin. Right now, however, the focus is on the upcoming season and watching Coach Barnes’ and the team’s pursuit of a championship.”
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