Garren, who made his return as Winder-Barrow High School boys basketball coach official Friday night, is proof that good things eventually win out.
For years, Garren was a successful coach at WBHS, earning trips to the state tournament and putting together some of the best teams in school history.
Yet there are times when success breeds jealously and that certainly was part of the reason Garren was forced to leave the first time. He would have successful stints at various schools, including Jackson County and Monroe Area, but down deep, Garren always longed to return home.
In many ways, the fact that Garren continued to make his home here says something. When you’ve been shafted as he was, then it’s so tempting to make a fresh start somewhere else, both professionally and personally.
However, Garren always remained upbeat. His positive approach to the entire situation shows just what type of person he is. For years, there were many who wanted him back. However, certain people who reside in certain circles didn’t want Garren back. Jealousy once again was raising its ugly head.
However, during the offseason, WBHS was suddenly in need of a new boys basketball coach. The previous coach left just before summer workouts were to begin leaving a void for the players.
WBHS principal Al Darby, who played for Garren as a Bulldogg and later coached for him at Jackson County, felt the time was right to put certain wheels in motion. The time had arrived to bring Garren back.
With the passing of time, there was no resistance anymore. Garren was approved by the Board of Education and was suddenly back where he should have been all along.
Within a couple days of his hiring, I talked with Garren as he settled into his office at WBHS. Garren was clearly excited about the opportunity, thankful for it even though it should be the community who is thankful Garren would want to return.
He has injected a needed dose of enthusiasm into the program and the school as a whole. He’s a team player, encouraging his basketball players to compete in other sports as well.
The Garren name is heavily involved with WBHS basketball for 2013-2014. Garren’s daughter, Kimberly, is an assistant for the WBHS Lady Bulldoggs.
Sometimes it’s hard to go home again. However, Ron Garren has shown it can be done, even when the circumstances that forced you to leave to begin with should have never happened.
Welcome back Coach Garren. It’s great to see you back where you belong.
Chris Bridges is sports editor of the Barrow Journal. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.