Humes pondering future with Cubs
Humes tells players at banquet he may leave program after 3 seasons
Friday, March 14, 2014 11:00 AM
Madison girls basketball coach Willie Humes said Thursday that he is leaning toward resigning from that post after three years on the job and two sectional championships.
WILL HE BE BACK? Madison girls basketball coach Willie Humes is 54-16 in three seasons for a program-best .768 winning percentage that includes two sectionals, one regional and one final four in Class 3A. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
"Right now I'm not sure if I'm coming back or not. I'm undecided and I'll take time over the weekend to decide what I want to do." Head coach Willie Humes to his players
Humes made the announcement to his players at the end of the team's annual awards banquet. Although he has not made a final decision, Humes said that he will decide by this weekend.
"Right now I'm not sure if I'm coming back or not," Humes said. "I'm undecided and I'll take time over the weekend to decide what I want to do.
"I can say that it is for personal reasons and has nothing to do with the team," Humes said after the banquet.
Humes, who lives in Columbus, said he has been negotiating with school officials for a relocation allowance to help him and his wife get an apartment in Madison. The only salary he draws from Madison Consolidated Schools is a coaching stipend for the season and he receives no pay for summer workouts and open gyms.
In an interview after the banquet, Humes noted several other issues that may weigh on his decision such as facilities and equipment needs in the girls basketball program and issues related to access among others.
Athletic Director Ken Brunner, who was on hand for the banquet, declined a request to comment at this time.
Humes, the second-leading scorer in Madison basketball history, took over the girls program in 2012 after a decade as an assistant coach at Columbus East.
His three seasons in Madison have been nothing short of a success. The Lady Cubs went 54-16 over that span with two sectional titles, a regional crown and a Final Four appearance. Madison also went 13-7 in Hoosier Hills Conference play, compared to 4-17 over the previous three seasons.
This past year Madison went 17-3 and reached the regional championship game before losing to eventual state runner-up Evansville Mater Dei. The Lady Cubs had five games canceled because of the winter weather.
"These past three years have been very good," Humes said. "I've enjoyed my team here and I hope (the players) have learned something here. I always said that I wanted to teach them the game the way it was taught to me and to have fun. And I think we had a lot of fun."
Madison graduates a senior class that won more games (67) than any other group but the Cubs have plenty of weapons coming back led by Southeast Missouri State commit Olivia Crozier, who was just named to the Indiana junior All Stars.
"You've got a good base coming back and I really believe that the talent is there to win another sectional," Humes said.
If Humes does resign he will go out as the fourth winningest coach in the Lady Cubs history behind only Rich Bagienski (95), Keith Gaffney (76) and Doug Rusk (57). However, Humes' .768 winning percentage is more than 100 points higher than the previous best of Gaffney (76-38, .667).