“This will be my last Wilson County school board meeting. I’m resigning my position,” Larry Joe Inman said. “We’re relocating out of state, and I just want to thank the constituents in Zone 7 for having enough confidence in me – as an individual and an educator – to allow me to be in the position I am on this board and be able to help so many kids,” he said.
Inman won his school board race last year after he defeated Chad Karl and Gwynne Queener for the newly created Zone 7 seat.
Inman said he enjoyed his time on the board and felt the board accomplished a great deal in his short time on the board. He also thanked his fellow board members.
“I learned so much from you guys, and I just want to take the time tonight to thank you for that and bringing me along. You think if you’re in education for 40-plus years, you think you know a lot about education until you get in this position,” he said.
Inman resigned as the head women’s basketball coach at Tennessee State University in March, citing personal reasons. Inman spent five seasons at the helm of the women’s basketball program after coaching Lebanon High the previous two years.
Inman also coached at Mt. Juliet High School, where he led the Bearettes to their first state championship in 1977.
Inman began his collegiate coaching career at Middle Tennessee State in 1978 before spending 20 years at Eastern Kentucky.
“Thank you for your willingness to serve and all you’ve done for Wilson County over the years – basketball coach at Lebanon High School and Mt. Juliet High School and all the years you spent in the classroom and the young people you’ve touched,” board chairman Larry Tomlinson said.
“I was happy when he joined this board and I’m going to hate to see him leave. I wish you and your family the best,” board member Bill Robinson said.
Wilson County Director of Schools Donna Wright thanked Inman for keeping his promise of always placing children first in his role.
“You’ve held true to that commitment. I can’t thank you enough for having that North Star of keeping our kids first,” she said.
“I’ve had the opportunity to serve a lot of school board members and a lot of directors. Coach Inman ranks right up there at the top,” said school board attorney Mike Jennings, who just surpassed 28 years in that role. “I found out very quickly he cares about kids and his hearts right. In the business I’m in – the governmental business – not everybody’s heart’s right. His heart’s right and you need people like him.”
Inman said his move did not signify his return to a coaching role.
“First thing I thought about was maybe he was going to be the new basketball coach at Louisville,” Tomlinson said.
“I challenge each of you as I leave here to continue looking out for our kids in Wilson County,” Inman said.