Winfield High School’s Pat McGinnis, who coached two State Tournament baseball teams at Buffalo and four State Tournament boys basketball teams during a 13-season tenure at Winfield, decided to step down, turning in his resignation to the Putnam County Board of Education on Monday.
McGinnis, who has a 210-111 career record in basketball and a 71-26 mark as a baseball coach, said it was time.
“Me and (Charleston Catholic coach) Bill McClanahan, all the things he said (about his retirement), take the words right out of his mouth,” McGinnis said. “It’s time for me to step away. I won’t say I won’t coach again. Right now I’m going to step back and see if I miss it or not. If I don’t, that’s good, I have plenty of free time. If I do, maybe sometime down the road I’ll do it again.”
McGinnis said among his fondest memories is winning the 2004 Class AA boys basketball championship, but as much as what occurred about a week after the tournament’s conclusion.
“I don’t remember the gentleman’s name, but our team host sent me a letter about a week after the tournament congratulating me on the championship, but also congratulating me on my group of kids. He wrote that they had a great bunch of attitudes, nice, upstanding kids, or something like that. He wanted to tell me that. That’s the one thing I really remember.”
McGinnis spent some time in the 1990s as the head coach at Winfield Middle School. Among his assistants was current Hurricane head coach Lance Sutherland, whose Redskins finished as Class AAA State Tournament runners-up on Saturday.
McGinnis, who retired as a driver’s education and physical education prior to this school year, recently moved to Charleston and cited the daily drive as an inconvenience that also impacted his decision.
“I’m proud of what I accomplished there in 13 years,” said McGinnis, whose first Class AAA team in 2009 reached the State Tournament. “Main thing is I am proud of our kids. Over the years, the things they accomplished, how they went about it. I think we went about it in the right way.”
McGinnis said he’ll spend more time cycling around Kanawha City and exercising.
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