Who will lead the Bearcats now?

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By John Herndon

Whoever is sitting at the end of the Anderson County bench next basketball season might want to pay Joe B. Hall a visit.

Hall, now a beloved Kentucky legend in his own right, succeeded Adolph Rupp as the coach of the Kentucky Wildcats in 1972. At the time, Rupp had won more games than any other college basketball coach but Hall did good in his own right, winning a national championship and going to three Final Fours in 13 years. He’s widely considered as the most successful coach to replace a legend at the college level.

High school basketball is a much different game than the one played in the major colleges but there is little doubt the next Bearcat basketball coach will be replacing a legend.

Glen Drury leaves the Anderson program after 31 years, plus two more at Western Anderson which was consolidated into Anderson County in 1989. He won 535 games, all in the Anderson County school system. Drury took two teams to the state tournament and won seven district championships. He’s been selected the Eighth Region Coach of the Year multiple times and was selected to the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches Court of Honor in 2008.

Most speculation concerning his replacement centers on Drury’s top assistant, Bryan Hyatt. Hyatt played on Drury’s first regional championship team in 1997 and is remembered for burning Oldham County with a pair of crucial three-pointers in the regional championship game. Hyatt served as a student manager at Morehead State University during the coaching tenure of Kyle Macy before returning to Anderson County. He was on the coaching staff when Anderson won the Eighth Region in 2009 and has been on the staff as part of six district titles. Hyatt has taught at the middle school and has been teaching at Anderson County High School for several years.

While Hyatt has been Drury’s right hand man for more than a decade and his promotion to the top is considered the most likely scenario, the school is not bound to go that route.

Drury has been a paraprofessional since 2011, when he retired from teaching. That means the school will not be required to look for a certified teacher as well as a basketball coach. However, a current teacher can be smoothly placed in a coaching position.

The hire will be made by the school’s Site-Based Decision Making Council and Principal Chris Glass. Anderson athletic director Rick Sallee confirmed he will also be taking part in the process. The school has the option of promoting from within or going outside the school system. Sallee cannot talk about specific candidates but did confirm the coaching position is a classified position separate from a teaching position and is not a certified position like a classroom teacher would be.

While certified position vacancies must be posted for at least 30 days before hire can become official, classified positions can be filled with no time constraints.

But even though those scenarios are legal options, it would be a major surprise if anyone other than Bryan Hyatt is leading the Anderson program next basketball season.