He made the final choice during the Christmas break.
Brookwood head girls basketball coach Scott Terry said he spent the past few school years and basketball seasons considering the possibility of retiring from his coaching duties and finishing out his career just as a teacher.
During the holiday break, after talking with his family and praying, Terry decided this past season would be his last. He made his resignation official this week and addressed his final team on Tuesday, a day after Brookwood’s season ended with a loss to Archer in the Region 8-AAAAAA tournament.
“It’s a decision that I felt wasn’t just my decision, but I felt it was God’s decision for me at this time as well,” Terry said. “It was a tough decision.”
Terry’s resignation ends a 13-year run as the Broncos’ head girls coach, the second-longest tenure for a girls head coach at one program in Gwinnett County — behind Wesleyan head coach Jan Azar. At 48, Terry is teaching his 25th year. He has no plans to pursue other coaching or teaching jobs.
“I am very, very happy here at Brookwood,” said Terry who teaches Advanced Placement psychology at Brookwood. “I plan to be here in the Brookwood community.”
A coach from his start at his high school alma mater Riverdale for seven seasons, Terry moved to Morrow High for five seasons, the first three as an assistant and the final two as the head girls coach. He came to Brookwood from Morrow.
“I was telling somebody the other day, ‘I don’t feel old,’ but when I look at it, I’ll be 49 and I’ve been teaching and coaching for 25 years, that’s more than half my life,” Terry said. “It’s kind of odd when you think of it that way.”
Terry led Brookwood to its first girls basketball region championship in 2011 and his teams finished runner-up in the region five times. Under him, the Broncos advanced as far at the Sweet 16 and prior to this season had made eight state tournament appearances in the previous nine seasons.
But there are no games or wins or moments Terry readily recalls when he considers his ending career.
“I’ve got a son, but I’ve never had a daughter,” said Terry. “But I look back over the past 25 years, I feel like I have 300 daughters that have at some point played for me. It’s not about the wins and losses, those are nice, it’s not about the tournament championships, the region championships or the state playoffs. It’s just about the relationships and the opportunity to, hopefully, be a positive impact on those kids’ lives.”