Masters returns home to Western Hills

By BRIAN RICKERD State Journal Sports Writer Published:

It's an obvious question: Why would Jim Masters move from girls basketball coach at Tates Creek to girls basketball coach at Western Hills?

Tates Creek traditionally has more talent and a better tradition than the Lady Wolverines of WHHS.

True, Masters is a Western Hills graduate, class of 1989. But even he admits his reasons for taking the Western Hills job go beyond that alma mater loyalty.

"I tell you, things happen for a reason, and I was torn in terms of leaving Tates Creek because I knew we could have a top 20 team the next two years," Masters said Monday night at a coaches meeting at WHHS. "But then I actually had a mini stroke during the summer.

"I'm perfectly fine now, but it kind of changed my perspective about worrying about how many wins and losses I have," he added. "And what became more important to me right then and there, in all honesty, is to get back home and have a great environment for my daughter to go to school and be closer to my family."

Masters and his wife Andrea are expecting their first child next month.

Masters said his parents, Lafayette and Sue, still live in Frankfort.

"It's a chance to be closer to my family," Masters reiterates. "And also, I know that the teaching environment and the type of kids they have here is very, very good."

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