LACEY - Chris Spivey has resigned as Timberline High School's boys basketball coach because of a recent job promotion as the executive director of the Pierce County YMCA.
Spivey, an all-league player for Timberline in the early 1990s, resigned after three years as the Blazers' coach. His resignation came as a surprise to Timberline athletic director Paul Dean.
"We were all thinking it would work out," Dean said. "As it turns out, he had to make a tough decision. It would have been a conflict with his new job."
Spivey lives and works in the Tacoma area.
"Unfortunately, I had to reprioritize a few things in my life, and basketball wasn't in my top two at the time," Spivey said.
Dean said he's opened the position to within Timberline. Jason Bush and Allen Thomas, two current assistant coaches, and Mike Tafoya, a former Blazer head coach, have applied.
"We have some quality people on staff who are interested," Dean said. "It will go from a hardship to a positive."
Dean said Spivey agonized over the decision to step down.
"It wasn't a decision he took lightly and made with no thought," Dean said. "We appreciate his hard work. There are no hard feelings on our part. Everyone involved understands the reality of the situation."
Spivey, a 1991 Timberline graduate, coached at River Ridge High School for six years and assisted for one year at Highline Community College before coming to Timberline.