Future of Nacogdoches High basketball program in doubt with coach's resignation

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches boys basketball coach Gary Hall has submitted a letter of resignation after being told he had to coach two sports next year, according to various school officials.

Hall took over the basketball and cross country programs in 2016 after having found great success in Virginia. He is credited for his role in taking the basketball team, which won just one district game in the 2015-16 season, to a district championship earlier this year.

"Our contracts state, 'other duties as assigned,' so if the principal and athletic director or supervisor assigns different duties, then it is expected of the employee to perform those duties," said Michael Martin, Nacogdoches ISD's assistant superintendent of human resources. " Also they're paid through a stipend for each sport that they coach."

According to Athletic Director Farshid Niroumand, Hall went to the administration about 10 days ago and asked if he could stop coaching cross country in order to spend more time with his new grandchild.

"The administration said no, and so he wrote a letter of resignation," Niroumand said. "Since then, he's thought about it and asked if he could come back, and the administration said he would have to re-apply."

Leisha Bryant, the director of public relations for the district, confirmed Hall submitted a letter of resignation on April 3. Bryant said Hall is welcome to apply for the now-open position, but that whoever gets the job will have to coach two sports.

Bryant confirmed that neither the previous contract nor application had a stipulation in which the basketball coach would have to coach two sports.

"It is the common stand for a district of our size for coaches to coach two sports," said Superintendent Sandra Dowdy.

Dowdy said she expects Hall to complete the school year.

"I will not be athletic director very long," Niroumand said. "I will either retire or resign or join the school board, but I would like for him to stay. He has been very successful and the community has bought into what he is doing."

A Facebook group in support of Hall has been created and currently has over 300 members.

Hall did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment on the matter.

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