Naselle coach Brian Macy

Naselle coach Brian Macy motivated his team during a timeout during a key 2017 game.

NASELLE — Brian Macy has retired as the Naselle High School boys basketball coach, but will continue in his capacities as athletic director, dean of students and teacher at the school.

Tucker Glenn, who Macy hoped would be a candidate to succeed him, also resigned as junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach. Macy said the two made their decisions independently of each other. Macy has coached Naselle basketball since 2004, reaching the state tournament for the first time in 2018 and repeating the accomplishment this year. Macy plans to form a hiring committee to select his replacement.

Macy decided before last winter’s basketball season that it would be his last.

“I didn’t tell anybody — well, my wife knew. That was it,” he said.

After the season, Macy informed the administration of his decision. Around the time of the school’s winter sports awards ceremony, he gathered the returning players to tell them.

“It was time,” Macy said. “I got to where I didn’t want to come to open gym sometimes. Not that I didn’t enjoy it once I was there, but that used to be where I wanted to be. I still enjoyed the basketball season, but I found myself wanting to do other things, not always running open gym and summer basketball and things like that. Like I told the boys, they need someone who wants to do that.”

Macy said he will have summers free for fishing and vacations. “My son’s in Oklahoma. I’d like to visit him more.”

Macy said retiring at a peak of Naselle basketball didn’t necessarily make his decision harder.

“It makes it harder, probably, to give it up, but it’s also more satisfying,” he said.

Overall, he liked his years coaching.

“I just enjoy working with the kids, getting a team at the beginning of the year and seeing how far you can go, and seeing how far the players come over their time here, as people and as players. I’ll remember the years when we went to the playoffs, or went to State, but I’ll also remember the path to get there.”

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or aaroncmead@gmail.com.

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