Former John Tyler High School basketball coach Tony Pinson said on Saturday he is undecided whether he will return to coaching.

Pinson, who resigned on March 26 for personal reasons and not for improper conduct, said he is scheduled to visit his physician this week.

If his doctor clears him, he may return to coaching, Pinson said. When he resigned in March, Pinson said, “It is in the best interest of my health and the Tyler ISD that I resign. My cardiologist told me I needed to be stress free and the last few weeks my health has gotten better; I've lost 25 to 30 pounds. I feel much better and I'm happy.”

The Tyler ISD also said Pinson resigned for personal reasons and not for improper conduct.

Pinson said he has been contacted by several schools about coaching but has yet to decide what his future holds.

In three years at JT, Pinson led the Lions to a 70-19 record and two District 14-4A championships.

Assistant coach Cedeno Clark, who led the team while Pinson was absent, was named the new JT head coach on Friday.

Before coming to JT, Pinson had previous head coaching experience at Daingerfield (1991-93), Big Sandy girls (1994-97), Wills Point (1998-2002), Gainesville (2003-04), Mexia (2004-06) and Manor (2007-09).

In 2003, he led Gainesville to the Class 3A state tournament. He also was an assistant on the Palestine team that reached the Class 3A state tournament in 1986.

Pinson, a Palestine native, is a graduate of Henderson County Junior College (now Trinity Valley Community College) and East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce).

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