Thursday, March 19, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The boys basketball scene in Region 8-AAAAA continues to undergo a dramatic offseason makeover after Berkmar coach Tommy McWhorter confirmed Wednesday that he is stepping down.
He becomes the third coach from that region to resign since the end of the season, joining Brookwood's Craig Witmer and Parkview's Tim Watkins.
McWhorter, who will remain at Berkmar as a teacher, said he decided to quit coaching in order to spend more time with his family, and it is a decision he has been contemplating for quite some time.
"For about the last 3 to 5 years, I've thought about (getting out of coaching)," McWhorter said. "My passion for basketball and coaching are still there, but I have a 4-year-old daughter now and my wife is a principal in the Jasper County Public Schools (system).
"For so long, she's been the one making the sacrifices. Now, I have the chance to help her out more than I've been able to."
McWhorter leaves after guiding the Patriots to a 46-34 record since arriving from South Cobb three seasons ago.
Among that mark is a 23-6 record in the 2007-08 season that included Berkmar's first region championship in five years, plus a trip to the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals.
The Patriots went 13-12 this season and just missed out on another trip to the state tournament when they lost to Brookwood on a buzzer-beater in the first round of the region tournament last month.
"I think the program is headed in the right direction," McWhorter said. "We got off to a good start this year, but kind of struggled at the end. To finish 13-12 - we could've done better, but for the most part, I think we got the most out of our talent this season."