Buck is back.
Skyline High School’s Buck Shockley will return as boys basketball coach next season after a tumultuous week.
District Superintendent Mark Beem said in a text message Thursday night that Shockley was retained for next season just three days after telling his team Monday he would not return.
Skyline students responded with rallies on Shockley’s behalf, including one Thursday night with a few dozen students outside of a special board of education meeting where it was thought Shockley would resign or possibly be fired, based on opposition about his coaching.
“I believe 100 percent that everything we have done has helped make the decision,” senior basketball player Logan Bryan said. “He’s a great man, and it shows that the community here is fully 100 percent behind him in everything he does.”
Shockley just finished his second season as Skyline’s head coach, finishing 21-9 and winning a Class 2 district championship.
In addition to the rallies, students took to social media. A Facebook page supporting Shockley was set up on Monday by a user who has not gone public with their identity. By Thursday, nearly 1,700 people ‘Liked’ the page, titled, “We Love Coach Shockley.”
“So……WE GOT COACH SHOCKLEY BACK!!!! =),” read a post on the site Thursday night. “Thank you all for making a difference! Our voice was heard! Be sure to send a thank you to the school board for listening…words cannot describe how proud I am of everyone! Think I might change the page name to We Saved Shockley! =) GREAT JOB. Never back down for what you believe in, and never give up!”