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August 22, 2013
Richard Gatewood has resigned from Moore Traditional High School in order to take the position of head coach at Taylor County.
Gatewood was a first year head coach during the 2012-13 season with the Mustangs. In that first year the young head coach was named the Sixth Region Coach of the Year by The Courier-Journal after a 23-8 record. The finish to their season shocked many especially after a 76-51 season-opening loss to Butler.
The turn of the tide for Gatewood & company came during the Louisville Invitational Tournament after a run to the semi-final where they met Ballard. His team may have actually fared better in that game but two early and questionable foul calls on point guard Jaelin Sanford made it tough for them from the beginning.
To end the regular season Moore took a down to the wire finish from PRP, the eventual Sixth Region champs, on their senior night. The great run that Moore and Gatewood had together was ended in the best game of the entire Sixth Region Tournament against Fairdale that was taken to overtime and was up in the air until the final buzzer.
Richard Gatewood proved himself to be a young aspiring head coach with a knack for motivating players and getting them to push themselves like never before. He is inheriting a good squad at Taylor County with one of the top 2016 prospects in Quentin Goodin at the helm.
His departure is not without leaving behind another great guard that was mentioned earlier Jaelin Sanford. Sanford would have made a huge splash on the EYBL circuit with the All-Ohio Red team, but an ACL tear held him out.
Taylor County was only one game over .500 (16-15). They were also the winners of the Twentieth District in an overtime finish. Though they were ousted in the opening round of the Fifth Region Tournament by North Hardin.