Baldwyn basketball coach Goolsby stepping down

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Baldwyn High School Coach Grant Goolsby reacts to a call during Baldwyn’s battle against Ingomar in Oxford in the 2020 state championship game. News photo/Jason Collum

Baldwyn High School will be looking for a new boys basketball coach to lead the storied program as current Coach Grant Goolsby announced Wednesday he’s leaving to accept a job at another school.

In a Facebook post, Goolsby thanked those who have aided him in helping the program consistently be a success.

“These past 5 years have been some of the most memorable and unforgettable years of my life,” Goolsby said. “One of my dreams was to coach somewhere where people were passionate about basketball. Baldwyn exceeded any expectations I had. I want to thank Coach McKay, Coach Craven, and our school board for entrusting and allowing me to lead the Bearcat Basketball program. I want to thank Ms. Susanne Trollinger for everything she has done for our program and our kids over the years. Thank you to the parents. the best fans in MS, and the community lor believing in our vision. I can’t express how thankful our family has been from the support we’ve received throughout our time here at Baldwyn.”

“Coach Grant Goolsby was a great asset to our school district and basketball program for the past few years with our Bearcats,” said Baldwyn Schools Superintendent Jason McKay. “He brought a positive impact to our students in the classroom and on the court. We wish him the best.”

Goolsby also thanked his players for their work. Goolsby’s teams competed twice for state championships during his time with the team – in Class 2A in 2017 and again in Class 1A in 2020 – finishing as state runner-up both times.

“To my players – I love each and every one of you,” Goolsby continued. “Thank you for being the role models to my son and countless others you have been. Remember that you are blessed to be able to play the game you love at a place like Baldwyn.”

Goolsby is leaving the program and the school to accept an AP position at New Albany Elementary School.

The Baldwyn News’ Demi Roberts contributed to this report.