by Keith Kelley–22 Mar ’18
Cheyenne East is looking for a new boys basketball coach, as Jeff Bailey resigned this (Thursday) afternoon. Bailey coached five years with the Thunderbirds, going 81-51 in that time, including a pair of 20-win seasons, one in his first year, and then this past season. East qualified for the 4A State tournament in four of those five years, with the best finish in his first year, taking third.
This past season, the T-birds won the 4A East Regional Tournament, but were upset in the first round of the state tourney by Kelly Walsh, on the Trojans home court. East Athletic Director, Jerry Schlabs, says they appreciate the time and commitment that Bailey put in to the program.
Schlabs says they will post the job opening next week, and in a perfect world, would like to have a replacement as soon as possible.
In a statement texted to KFBC Sports Director Keith Kelley, Bailey said, “I feel good about what I’ve accomplished as the head boys basketball coach at East high, along with my staff. I’m proud of the rebuilding that occurred over the last five years, which allowed our teams to be extremely competitive and always tough to beat. I gave my heart and soul to East basketball and I’m pleased that I will step away with the program moving in the right direction. I’m grateful for the kids I’ve had the privilege of coaching throughout the years, and thankful for the many relationships that I’ve been fortunate to develop as their coach. I’m thankful for my family and friends for their unwavering love and support. I’m also thankful for my entire staff and appreciate their had work and dedication.”