The high school basketball coaching career of Mark Storm may be over at Honeoye after more than 30 years of service.
Honeoye’s school board voted not to approve Storm as the varsity boys basketball coach for a third season on Wednesday. Storm, who coached girls basketball for 29 years, said he wanted to return to the boys varsity position this winter, but was told by Honeoye Central Schools Superintendent David Bills there was a chance the school board would vote otherwise.
“I’ve met several times with the superintendent,” Storm said. “There were some parents who were unhappy.”
Storm said 42 players from boys and girls basketball teams he’s coached in the past attended the school board meeting, and that 11 commented to the board.
“The board gave no reasons or anything else,” Storm said. “I guess there are parents who are unhappy with the way that I run the program.
“I definitely hold (the players) to high standards. They need to meet those standards.”
Honeoye girls basketball teams coached by Storm won 405 games – the fifth-highest total in history among Section V girls coaches – with three sectional championships during 29 seasons. Storm moved over to coach the boys varsity in 2013, after coaches resigned following a hazing incident.
Storm coached Honeoye’s baseball team last spring. Bills emailed a statement to the Democrat and Chronicle.
“Due to confidentiality, we are unable to release any specific information regarding personnel matters at Honeoye Central School District,” Bills wrote. “As always, students’ best interest of safety and education remain our number one priority.”
Storm said he coached the Honeoye Bulldogs in a boys basketball summer league at Red Jacket. He also looked forward to coaching his son Mason, a sophomore guard at Honeoye expected to play with the JV again.
“We’re on the cusp of becoming a good team,” Storm said. “I hope they continue with that, but I don’t have any idea if I’ll be there.
“I love coaching. I really love coaching basketball.”