Horton stepping down at Cass
by David Royal
Mar 12, 2014 | 808 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jamie Horton, the dean of Bartow County girls high school basketball coaches, is stepping down at Cass High to spend more time with his three daughters.

Horton has spent the past six years as Cass head girls basketball coach. He has 14 years of coaching experience, eight as head coach.

The mentor for the Lady Colonels has three daughters at home, ages 11, 7 and 5.

He said they are his priority now although he isn’t sure what his role will be at times, admitting one of his daughters has already asked him to coach her in basketball.

“We’ll just have to see what happens there,” he added.

The coach said he also would like a break from his coaching duties in the public school system.

“It was time to look at doing other things, like coaching my kids,” he said.

Horton said he will continue teaching history at Cass High School.

Beyond that, he said, he hopes to cut back on some of his other duties.

“I’m going home every day,” he laughed.

Horton’s parents live in Jasper and he expects to see them more with the change.

“I can be in Jasper in 30 minutes,” he said. “I am close to my family and so forth, so I will get to spend more time with my parents and spend more time with my kids and wife.”

He admitted he doesn’t expect to get away from sports even as he changes his extracurricular emphasis.

“One of my daughters plays volleyball, which is not exactly what her daddy wanted her to play, but she enjoys it so that’s what she plays,” he said.

“My middle daughter plays soccer. She’s already asking me to coach her in basketball next year, so we’ll see what happens.”

The University of Georgia graduate said his plans also include some fun activities for himself and his family.

“I’m looking forward to doing some things with them, going to some Georgia football games in the fall and going camping with the kids and stuff like that.”

Horton said he also expects to enjoy sports more often now that he can be a spectator.

“It’s time to go watch some football and maybe catch some basketball games up there and stuff like that,” he added.