Dawson County head basketball coach Chad Pittman has announced his retirement from coaching after 23 years of coaching youngsters. His 2018-19 season was a perfect ride-out as the Tigers went to their first-ever Final Four, tallied 27 wins, won the Region Championship, and had multiple All-State players.
While he is leaving the hardwood, he will remain at Dawson County in a teaching capacity for now, as he announced at the team’s Monday night banquet.
“23 years is a long time, so I’ve been thinking about it…discussing it, praying for the right guidance,” he says. “It’s a great time to step away. A lot of people would like to go out on top, so that’s been nice. That’s been a good way to go out on my own terms. I’ve been blessed to be here the last few years.”
Pittman’s plan includes teaching another five-six years in his teaching career until fully retiring.
“I’m going to try to be a better dad, a better husband…spend more time with family. Try to maybe re-prioritize a few things and do some of the things I haven’t gotten to do in awhile.”
Pittman adds that he might do some more fishing and time in the garden.
“For me, I’m going to miss the relationships you develop through coaching. When you’re called to coach, that could be 35 things you really are. The camaraderie with other coaches…I’m going to miss the competing and the atmosphere here at Dawson County.”
Pittman, who’s anniversary is in June with his wife, state he likely won’t miss being busy at that time with camps and notes that it would be nice at Thanksgiving to actually go somewhere with his family.
Pittman went 60-29 in his three seasons over the Tigers’ basketball program, taking the team to three straight state playoff trips after not making it the previous two seasons. His Tigers made the Sweet 16 in the 2017-18 campaign, lost two 1,000-point scorers, and came back even stronger this past season. His ’18-19 group was led by All-State forward/guard Luke Chism (a 2,000-point scorer) and junior guard Jasper Gibson (1,500-plus points and counting), and a slew of others like Eli Burruss, Ahmad Kamara, Trey Pruitt, Campbell Reed, Tate Adkins, and others.