Wes-Del’s basketball sidelines will look different in the 2013-14 season. The Warriors will have new coaches for both the boys and girls teams.
Joel Roush, the Warriors boys coach for the past five seasons, said he elected to resign for personal reasons. He said he plans to maintain his teaching position at Wes-Del and is uncertain if he will make a return to coaching later in his career.
Roush went 24-82 in his five years at Wes-Del. The Warriors went 7-14 in the 2012-13 season, the second-best record of Roush’s tenure.
Warriors athletic director Kye Denney said the boys coaching position is officially open, and the position is listed on the school website. Denney said he is accepting applications until April 12. Denney said he is in the early stages of the search for Roush’s successor, especially with the school being on spring break this weekend.
“We’re looking for a wide range of candidates; right now I can’t tell you anything in particular,” Denney said. “Because I really don’t know because we’re still early in the process.”
Sarah Parker, the Wes-Del girls coach for the past three seasons, said she was recently told by school administrators that she was being relieved of her coaching position. Parker went 1-59 in her three seasons at Wes-Del, the only win coming in her first season.
Parker, who played at Wes-Del, teaches at Albany Elementary, so she is not a full-time employee in Wes-Del’s district. She said she is uncertain about her future plans in regard to coaching.
Denney said the girls basketball position has not gone before the board to be officially declared open, so he was unable to discuss the opening at length.
“We were looking for a change; we wanted to go in a different direction,” Denney said. “We’ve won one game in three years, just haven’t seen the improvement that we were hoping to see. Like I said, at some point, I think you have to make a change.”