Carroll County boys’ basketball coach Brad Hawks is stepping down after eight years as the Cavaliers’ varsity coach to pursue a job outside the school system.
Hawks, who led Carroll to two district titles and the first Region IV championship in 33 years, is leaving coaching and teaching to take a job with Horace Mann Insurance. The company works with insurance for school personnel.
“I am going to be leaving the school system and taking another opportunity that came along,” Hawks said. “I’d like to thank Carroll County Public Schools for the support over the last eight years. I am going to miss it.”
A big part of the reason for Hawks’ resignation was to spend more time with his young children, ages two and five. Hawks’ assistant coaches, Tee Jackson and Casey Burcham, have young children and are both stepping down from coaching basketball also.
“I missed a whole lot the last few years with my own kids at home and that just kind of took its toll on me. I missed my oldest losing her front tooth and some of her basketball practices,” Hawks said. “Both of them will be playing soon and I don’t want to miss that. They love coming to the games and the gym, but it almost leaves (my wife) Mallory as a single mother during basketball season. Tee and Casey, we’re all kind of in the same spot with two kids at home. It was just hard to commit to something that took that much time away from our families night in and night out.”
Hawks compiled a 97-93 record during his eight years as Carroll’s varsity boys’ coach. Hawks was named Southwest District Coach of the Year twice – in 2012 after the Cavaliers went 19-5, including 12-0 in the district, and in 2013. That year, Carroll tied a school record with 24 wins en route to the SWD title and the program’s first Region IV crown since 1980. Hawks was also named the Tri-Cities Coach of the Year by the Bristol Herald-Courier that season. Prior to taking over as Carroll’s varsity coach, Hawks was the program’s JV coach for two years.
“I will miss being around the game like crazy and the interactions with other coaches. I think that is going to be the hardest part, just the relationships with all the players,” Hawks said. “I have had numerous texts and phone calls from former players and I think they have taken it harder than anybody. That’s what I will miss the most, the individual relationships with all the players.”
Hawks will begin his new job with Horace Mann at the end of the current school year. He said he will still be working in the area and still plans on attending Cavalier basketball games.
“I may volunteer and help somebody a little here and there. It depends on who gets the job,” Hawks said. “I think there are some pretty high-profile people interested in the job right now, which is great. We’ve had eight or nine guys go and play at the next level, guys that put Carroll County boys’ basketball back on the map.”
CCHS Principal Chuck Thompson said most of those folks have contacted Hawks inquiring about the job, but he expects to hear from interested candidates soon. At the same time, he said it will be no easy task filling Hawks’ shoes.
“I think it is going to be a great loss for the basketball program. They’ve had success over the last few years and it was something he was passionate about. I know this decision doesn’t come easy for him and we are sad to see him go,” Tompkins said. “Tee and Brad have complimented each other very well and both have had collegiate backgrounds. I recall in my first year as principal making it to the state quarterfinals and a tough matchup with EC Glass. Looking back you realize we beat the 1A and 2A state champs. It will be a process. We’ll see who applies for it and see who we can get to continue the program and continue to have some success.”
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN