SALYERSVILLE - Scott Castle is the new head coach of the Magoffin County High School boys' basketball team. Castle started guiding the Hornets earlier in the month. The Hornets are off to a 5-0 start in their summer season.
At press time, under Castle's tutelage, Magoffin County had posted wins over Grundy (Va.), East Ridge, Pike County Central, Belfry and Jenkins.
Castle, who enjoyed a successful stint as the head coach of the Magoffin County Lady Hornets, is familiar with the returning Hornets. He's excited to have the opportunity to be back on the sidelines.
"The reason I stepped down from the girls' program was my job at the time," Castle commented. "Since then, with some company changes, it's more suitable to do some things on the side such as coaching."
Castle confided that he didn't apply for the Hornets' head coaching job until the last day or so it was open.
"The next couple of years will be challenging with a rebuilding process going on," Castle noted. "I think this will be a fun team to watch, though. All of our players are working hard."
Castle replaced Robbie Russell as the Hornets' head coach.
In five seasons as the Magoffin County boys' basketball head coach, Russell compiled a 75-67 overall record.
Russell replaced current Magoffin County Athletic Director Neil West as head coach of the Hornets in 2012. During his debut campaign, the 2012-13 season, Russell guided Magoffin County to a 11-15 record.
Showing improvement in his second campaign, the 2013-14 season, Russell guided Magoffin County to a 15-13 record.
Magoffin County compiled a 9-18 record in the 2014-15 season but under Russell's tutelage contended for a 57th District title one season later.
The Robbie Russell-coached Hornets ended the 2015-16 season 22-9. Magoffin County finished runner-up to Johnson Central in the 57th District and reached the 15th Region Semifinals in 2016.
The Hornets entered the 2016-17 season as the preseason 15th Region favorite.
Following the conclusion of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Dead Period, Magoffin County boys' basketball players will return to the gymnasium with open gym sessions.