MAN, W.Va. — Just two months before the start of the 2016-17 prep basketball season Man High School is looking for a new hoop coach.
That’s because head basketball coach Harvey Arms has decided to step down.
Arms, also the Man High School football coach, has led both teams for many years.
“It is time to get out of basketball and concentrate on one sport — football,” Arms told the Logan Banner on Monday night. “It’s time to take a break and let somebody else come in and take over the basketball job.”
Arms has had success coaching in both sports, leading the basketball team to the state tournament and also leading the football squad to the playoffs numerous times, including the 2009 Class A state championship game.
Arms said coaching both sports has taken its toll.
“It’s tough doing both this day and time,” he said. “It takes a lot of time and it’s tough in the winter and you have to try and reschedule games due the the weather. It’s tough and I just felt like it was time to give one of them up and I chose to keep football.”
The Hillbillies went 15-9 last year, eventually falling 63-55 to Van in the Class A sectional tournament. Man had opened with a 94-43 win over Montcalm in the sectional tournament opener.
Arms led Man to back-to-back winning seasons during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns with records of 16-7 and 14-12.
The 2011-12 season was the last time Man made it to the state tournament as the Hillbillies lost a 62-57 game to Charleston Catholic at the Charleston Civic Center. Man beat Huntington St. Joe 64-45 in the regional final to advance to state.
Arms has had different stints as the Man basketball coach but he’s coached the Billies continuously since 2009.
Jimmy Justice coached Man for three years in the 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, going 7-16, 8-15 and 10-15.
In a previous stint, Arms had led the Hillbillies to the 2005 Class A state tournament with a 16-10 record but Man lost 87-60 to Charleston Catholic in the opening round. That year, Man had defeated Tug Valley 45-42 in the Class A regional championship game at Logan.
Man was 15-8 in the 2003-04 season in its last year as a Class AA school.
This coming season, Man will enter a new era as a Double-A school once again. The Billies are matched up against county rivals Logan and Chapmanville and also Mingo Central, Scott and Lincoln County in its new Class AA sectional.
Arms’ basketball coaching resume goes all the way back more than 40 years to the early 1970s.
“I started coaching at Man Junior High in 1972 as an assistant under Doug Crites and then I was the head coach with the Pioneers in both football and basketball,” Arms said. “Later I moved over to Man High School and was out of coaching for two years in 1997 and 1998 and got back in it in 1999. Like I said earlier, I just felt it was time to give up one of them and I’m going to concentrate on football.”
— Logan Banner Sports Editor Paul Adkins contributed to this report.