Horton resigns as athletic director at Trinity Christian; Warriors to replace both basketball coaches

MORGANTOWN — The sidelines at Trinity Christian basketball games will look a little different going forward, as the girls’ and boys’ programs will have new head coaches next season.

Codey Horton was the head coach of the Warriors boys’ basketball program for two years while serving as the school’s athletic director for three years. Horton won 26 games in his two seasons as head coach, with back-to-back co-regional titles and state tournament appearances in 2023 and 2024. Horton has resigned from both positions, effective this month.

Horton, who was working as an AD and teaching in North Carolina in 2021, heard of the opening at Trinity Christian through a friend and decided to see what his chances would be to come home to West Virginia.

“It’s funny because I told him the only way I would return home was if I could be in Morgantown,” Horton said. “I had heard of the athletic director position at Trinity and knew of the school from my time as an assistant at Webster County. I applied and had a few interviews, and when I got the job, I was so happy to be home and do what I wanted to do.”

Originally from Richwood and a Richwood High graduate, Horton worked as a P.E. teacher and was an assistant boys’ coach at Webster County before moving to NC and ultimately returning home to W.Va.

“Coming in as the athletic director, I wanted to focus on seeing what needed attention and what kind of holes needed to be filled,” Horton said. “I learned things I never thought I would, like lining a football field and preparing for different games.” 

Mike Baldy, a University High School graduate, was the head coach for the TCS girls for nine seasons and compiled 120 wins during that time, the most in program history. He made three state tournament appearances, most recently last season, with six sectional championships. Trinity officials made the decision to move on from Baldy this offseason.

“Alexis Basil was the athletic director at Trinity at the time and brought me on as the middle school boys’ coach,” Baldy said. “After two years, I thought I would move on and be an assistant for the boys’ high school team, but the girls’ job came open, so I went for it and was blessed to receive that position.”

Trinity Christian girls’ basketball coach Mike Baldy cuts the net after defeating Frankfort in the Regional Championships last season. (William Wotring/The Dominion Post)

Baldy said he only returned one player to the team in his first season as head coach but eventually increased that number to eight as the Warriors went 4-19.

“It was a little rough to start, but we all learned so much that season, and it helped us going forward,” he said as the Warriors turned around to win 16 games and earn a trip to the regional championship. “That was a big jump for the entire program. We attended the state tournament the following two seasons and won many games.”

Blady led the Warriors to the state semifinals in 2019 and four straight regional finals from 2021-24, the most recent of which yielded a third regional title.

“Along the way, the story for me after wrapping my mind around everything is the relationships I’ve built with everyone,” he said. “I have so many lasting relationships with players who have become adults I consider friends now and take great pride in that.”

Horton said his time at Trinity Christian has shaped him positively, both professionally and personally.

“Trinity Christian truly has helped me tremendously with my career and as a person,” he said. “I am truly blessed for the opportunity three years ago. We’ve done a lot here in that time and grown as a school and a community. I’m thankful for everyone there. I don’t have family in town, but I have many people I consider family. I’m thankful for the friendships with other coaches, players, and media I’ve built. Everyone has blessed me somehow, and that’s all you could ask for.”

Baldy echoed the words of his friend and fellow head coach.

“I’m most proud of seeing the players who have become productive adults and still want to come back to visit practice or games or run up to me when they see me in public,” Baldy said. “I think most coaches around the state would agree with that. I’ve had some tremendous times as the head girls’ coach at Trinity Christian and whatever the future holds for me I’m excited for it.”