Jim Carter resigned Thursday afternoon June 12 as head baseball coach at Mt. Juliet High in order to take over the program at Class A power Goodpasture in Madison.
Carter, who went 51-20-2 in two seasons at Mt. Juliet, will step into the shoes vacated by Richie Estep's recent resignation after 14 years at Goodpasture and four state titles. He informed the Golden Bears of his decision during a late afternoon meeting Thursday.
"This was the best decision for my family," Carter said Thursday night via text message.
Carter's first team at Mt. Juliet (2013) went 26-12, winning both the District 9AAA and Region 5AAA tournament titles, before falling in the Class AAA sectionals.
His 2014 unit went 25-8-2 and did not advance out of the district tournament.
Carter took over at Mt. Juliet following the resignation of Mark Purvis, who had led the Golden Bears six times to the TSSAA State Tournament during his 13-year tenure.
During Estep's time at Goodpasture, the Cougars went 462-119 with state championships both at the Class AA and A level. The 2014 squad finished 37-8 and lost in the state finals to Jackson Christian 4-3.
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