White House Heritage boys basketball coach Mike Petrone announced his retirement Thursday.

Petrone has been coaching basketball in some capacity since 1970, and he has served as the WH Heritage boys coach since the school opened in 2003. He posted a 246-191 record in his 16 seasons with the Patriots.

“It’s just time,” he said of why he retired. “I enjoyed the kids and the parents. We had a great time and a good run. It was fun.”

Petrone was an assistant at Trevecca Nazarene University until head coach Sam Harris was fired in April 2018. Petrone, a Bellevue resident, spent 18 seasons with the Trojans while balancing his teaching and coaching work at WH Heritage.

“We practiced late at Trevecca, and we practiced in the early afternoon at Heritage,” Petrone said.

Petrone was an assistant at Vanderbilt from 1983-1993 under C.M. Newton and Eddie Fogler. The Commodores won the National Invitation Tournament in 1990 and the SEC regular season title in 1993.

He was also head coach at Centennial and Father Ryan earlier in his career. Petrone won a state championship as an assistant at Father Ryan in 1974.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have won some championships,” he said. “It’s been a good ride.”

WH Heritage Athletic Director Steve Owens said the search for a new coach has already begun. The job was officially posted on the Robertson County Schools website on Wednesday. Owens said the school currently has no plans to hire from within.

Although Petrone is retiring from coaching, he plans to spend more time with his family and find other ways to stay busy. After coaching for nearly 50 years, Petrone stated he doesn't plan to sit idle.

“I’m not going to sit home all day,” he said. “I’m not going to watch TV all day, I want to be doing something.”

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