Pass Christian Girls Basketball Coach Greta Ainsworth retiring

It’s the end of an era at Pass Christian and it’s certainly bittersweet as Head Girls Basketball Coach Greta Ainsworth calls it a career.

Ainsworth stepping away after 14 years with the Lady Pirates, racking up 281 career wins, six district titles, and back-to-back trips to the Final Four.

Her time away from the game is certainly well-deserved, but she says coaching just wouldn’t be the same without her daughter, Breanna Halley, serving as her assistant.

Halley is no longer coaching after this year due to her fourth fight against metastatic breast cancer, now a stage 4 diagnosis.

The mother-daughter duo has been coaching together at the Pass for the last six years and Ainsworth says there’s still plenty of Lady Pirates basketball in their future. “The love of the game is what I’m going to miss, but more than that it’s the kids, the relationships with the kids. I feel like they’re my own, and I tell them all the time, they are. So that’s going to be hard. It’s going to be hard not being around the kids every single day. But I can’t say enough about what this school district means to me and how much they’ve done for myself and for my daughter and the fight that she’s in. She and I will be in the stands all over the state watching as many games as we can. I knew all along that is what God was calling me to do, and I answered his call, and I can see the rewards from it.”

Ainsworth also spent 14 years as an assistant at her alma mater Hancock High School.

She says the biggest way others can help in her daughter’s inspiring fight is simply through prayer.

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