Sean Williamson has resigned as Glendale High School boys basketball coach, Springfield Public Schools athletic director Mark Fisher said late Friday afternoon.
Williamson coached nine seasons for the Falcons but was not allowed to coach his team’s final game, a Monday loss to Ozark in a Class 5 district quarterfinal at Branson High School.
Fisher and other Glendale and district officials have declined comment about circumstances surrounding Williamson’s absence from Monday’s game. Williamson appeared on behalf of the program at the Springfield Tip-Off Club year-end banquet hours earlier.
According to the district, Williamson resigned mid-afternoon Thursday from his basketball coach duties, along with his boys and girls golf coaching positions. He will continue teaching physical education at the school, Fisher said.
The resignation apparently arrived just hours after the News-Leader interviewed Fisher about Williamson’s status, a conversation in which the athletic director was flanked by SPS spokeswoman Teresa Bledsoe in a conference call. Neither would explain Williamson’s absence or say for sure whether the coach would return for next season.
Fisher at the time did call it a “delicate situation” but declined to elaborate.
On Friday, Fisher admitted that he and Williamson discussed the coach’s future on Wednesday. Questioned about whether he asked the coach to resign, Fisher said the conversation did not reach that point because year-end evaluations for all SPS basketball coaches already were scheduled in a matter of weeks.
As basketball coach, Williamson received a coaching stipend of roughly $7,000, Fisher said.
Glendale finished 10-15 this season after losing most of its roster from an Ozark Conference championship season a year ago. Williamson compiled a 171-72 record in nine seasons with the Falcons. He won two conference titles and one district title, along with two Greenwood Blue and Gold Tournament titles.
“Sean had nine years of very successful teams,” Fisher said. “And that’s demonstrated by his … 70-percent winning percentage at Glendale.”
Fisher said the opening likely will be listed next week.
Williamson has not yet returned calls seeking comment. Williamson was the fourth coach in Glendale’s history.
The Nixa High School and Evangel University graduate previously coached nine seasons at Willard.
“I thank you for the opportunity to be a part of these great programs and wish the Glendale Falcons all the best in the future,” Williamson said in a news release from SPS.