Thomas Boykin Bids Farewell to Humboldt Basketball

Justin Walters

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. - "I think it's time. They told me, you'll know when it's time," laughed Humboldt head coach Thomas Boykin.

Boykin steps down after 17 years as the Vikings head boys' basketball coach.

"You want to be successful you have to put in the time. I just want to do something different," said Boykin.

Boykin has done more than put in the time. Four decades of his life has been dedicated to coaching basketball.

"He was another father figure in my life. He always told me what was right. Never told me nothing wrong," said senior guard Stephon Turner.

Boykin says his coaching philosophy was hard, but always fair. No one knows that better than his nephew.

"He didn't treat me like family. He treated me worse than everyone. I know he's a great influence in my life," Treyvon Brown said about playing under his uncle.

Boykin's fondest memory was last year, when the Vikings won the state championship.

"Main street was lined up like the Strawberry Festival. They were hollering, then we got to the gym and it was packed," said Boykin shockingly.

"I knew coach Boykin was going to retire sooner or later. I wanted to make sure he left on a good note with a championship," said 2013 Mr. Basketball Finalist DeSonta Bradford.

Boykin says he has no regrets and is ready to spend more time with his family.

"I enjoy fishing and hunting. Last few years, I've given it all to basketball. it's a full time job."

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