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Derek Ballard looking to the future

Posted: March 3, 2014 10:56 p.m.
Updated: March 3, 2014 10:56 p.m.
 

Recently dismissed Saugus boys head basketball coach Derek Ballard said his coaching days aren’t over.

“You’re darn right I’m fired up to get back into it,” Ballard said Monday.

Ballard was let go as Saugus boys head coach on Thursday after his team finished 10-19 overall and 0-10 in the Foothill League.

However, he fought the decision by Saugus Principal Bill Bolde and did receive support from players and parents in the program who wanted him to continue as head coach.

By Monday night, there were 141 signatures on a petition titled “Save Coach Ballard” on ePetitions.net.

“I’m not ashamed to say it, I’ve been emotional ever since I was told,” Ballard said. “It’s tough when you give everything of yourself to a program and set it up the way you like and everything was looking every way you want it. I feel like I lost a part of me.”

This weekend, he was still stinging and continued to appeal to Bolde, but was told the decision was final on Saturday.

By Monday, Ballard was looking toward the future.

“I met with my staff last night, and we’re chomping at the bit to get our next opportunity,” Ballard said. “My whole staff is ready to go.”

Ballard, 40, is a social studies teacher at Saugus High and he lives near the school. He said his son will be going to the school in the fall as a freshman.

His preference is to stay at Saugus, but somehow he would still like to coach in the William S. Hart Union High School District.

In six seasons under Ballard, Saugus made four postseason appearances and went 86-81 overall and 20-40 in Foothill League play.

But Ballard said the program was growing.

In 2009, he started SCV Legion Basketball, a club team based in Saugus, with the goal of being a feeder program to the school.

The first class had just started playing at Saugus and contributed to winning freshman and JV programs.

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