Ragland steps down at Corydon Central
Corydon Central High School girls’ basketball coach Larry Ragland has decided to step down as head coach of the program after two successful seasons.
‘I love the coaching; that’s the easy part,’ Ragland said. ‘The girls are fantastic to coach. I couldn’t have asked for a better group. In the meantime, it takes a high level of excitement and a lot of commitment beyond just coming in and coaching.’
Ragland compiled a 29-18 record over his two years, including a Class 3A sectional championship this past season. The Lady Panthers defeated Mitchell 53-51 in the championship game but then fell to Vincennes Lincoln, 65-60, in the regional.
As the varsity coach, Ragland said he felt like to do the job right, there has to be a very high energy level included, putting time in the program beyond the winter season.
‘The thought process started after the regional loss and I began to question the energy level I had,’ Ragland said. ‘I had to be honest with myself and to my players.’
In the end, Ragland decided the team deserved a coach who is willing to put in more energy beyond coaching to keep the program at a high level.
Having just completed his 20th year at Corydon Central Junior High School, Ragland said he will continue to coach the junior high football team and could return to coaching junior high girls’ basketball next season.
‘I spent most of my years at the junior high level,’ he said. ‘I just enjoy that age group. I miss being the teacher of the players and seeing the girls in class.’
The previous season proved to be the most memorable of Ragland’s coaching career.
‘This past year, the team was strong when they played together,’ he recalled. ‘We played our best basketball in the sectional as a team. That is going to be the highlight of my coaching career, winning a sectional. I still get goosebumps over the feeling I had on that night.’
Ragland said he will make an open push for assistant coach Lynne Thomas, a former standout player for the Lady Panthers, for the head coaching position. Thomas has assisted Ragland the previous two seasons.
‘I see in her the youthful energy to be successful along with her strong resum’ and relationship with players,’ Ragland said.
Whoever gets in should be comfortable and set up to be successful, according to Ragland.
‘Meghan Bussabarger will be a Division I caliber player someone will get to coach,’ he said. ‘Next year, they return their two leading scorers, in Bussabarger and Jenna Keinsley. So they should be on their way to another great season.’