BURLEY – Jack Bagley’s 21-year coaching and teaching career at Burley High School came to a close Monday.
Bagley told the Times-News on Tuesday that he informed the school he was taking a middle school teaching job in Goodyear, Ariz. Matt Harris of Idahosports.com first reported the news.
Bagley spent the past two decades as Burley’s head boys basketball coach, and he taught business and marketing at the school. Bagley will teach technology at Desert Star School, and he plans to take a break from coaching.
“I’m ready to try something new and get a fresh start,” Bagley said Tuesday. “I’ve been looking at that area for a long time. I like that area, and I like the climate. I have an amazing friend who lives down there, and a brother.”
Bagley earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Idaho a few weeks ago and says he hopes to work in an administrative position in the future.
That plan contributed to his decision to forgo basketball coaching, although he did not rule out a new coaching job in Arizona.
Bagley’s move was years in the making, so Burley athletic director Gordon Kerbs was not surprised by Monday’s announcement. The basketball coaching position was opened Tuesday morning, and Kerbs plans to take some time to find Bagley’s successor.
“Jack is a great person. It saddens me to see him leave,” Kerbs said. “He’s had some ups and downs, but the thing I like about Jack is he’s pretty even keeled and pretty low maintenance.”
“I have no complaints about Jack Bagley.”
Bagley declined to comment on the future plans for his son, Ryan, who is finishing his junior year at Burley and was one of the Times-News’ 2016-17 boys basketball players of the year.
Bagley said his ex-wife, Tara Bagley, is due to be released from prison in August. Tara Bagley was the vice-principal at Burley until 2013, when she was sentenced to prison for sexually abusing two female students at Burley.
“The last three or four years, we’ve had some challenges for myself and my family,” Jack Bagley said. “A lot of people have been surprised that I stayed as long as I did. I have been here for a long time, and I’m just looking for a change.”