Shannon J. Allen

Guntersville High School is searching for new leaders for its varsity basketball program.

Earlier this week, girls head coach Jennifer Kitchens and boys head coach Russell Carr stepped down from their positions.

Kitchens, a former Snead State player, spent two seasons leading the Lady Wildcats after a tenure as the school’s junior varsity girls coach. Her last JV squad in 2016-17 won the Marshall County Tournament championship.

Coach Carr returned home to Guntersville from Houston.

He coached at St. Piux X High School from 2013-15 after coaching at Westbury Christian School from 1999-2013. He won three state championships with Westbury’s boys and one with their girls.

Carr spent four years at Guntersville, guiding his team to Marshall County Tournament championships in 2016 and 2017 and to area tournament crowns in 2016 and 2018. The Wildcats lost to Talladega in the Class 5A Northeast Regional finals in 2017.

“In order to get to the next great thing, you must allow something to end,” Coach Carr wrote on his Twitter page Tuesday night. “It has been 4 of the best years of my life. So proud of all that has been accomplished and the people I have had the opportunity to do it with.”

I’m sure the GHS varsity boys opening is generating great interest. GHS Principal Roseanne Mabrey and GHS Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Johnny Harbison won’t lack for applicants to review.

I believe the Wildcat boys job is one of the best in northeast Alabama. The new coach will inherit a program steeped in tradition, one that includes 13 AHSAA State Tournament appearances, 23 county titles and 27 area crowns.

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