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Golden Valley coach resigns

Girls varsity head hoops coach led Grizzlies program for one season

Posted: February 28, 2009 2:05 a.m.
Updated: February 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Next season will mark the fourth in a row that Golden Valley has a different girls varsity basketball coach.

First-year head coach James Wilson resigned on Friday, citing medical issues within his family.

"It was unfortunate, a lot of bad things happened personally," Wilson said. "A lot of challenges."

Wilson said a lot of those challenges were not within his family, though.

After finishing 7-19 overall and 1-9 in the Foothill League, Wilson reflected on a lot of challenges that came with being an off-campus coach.

He said his job made scheduling somewhat difficult, but he added that economics played a factor in making things difficult on the program.

"Parental involvement (in the girls basketball program) is not the same as at other schools," he said. "It could be economics, could be bad luck, the economy may have hampered a lot of people involvement."

Golden Valley principal Sal Frias said, though, that his school keeps costs down in the athletic program.

He acknowledged the challenge an off-campus coach has and said the varsity head coach has to be someone capable of overseeing all three tiers of a program - freshman, junior varsity and varsity.

"We need someone who really understands what it means to run a program," Frias said. "We need someone to run a program. They have to be a CEO."

Frias said he will approach some of the assistant coaches already in the program about the varsity job, but will ultimately have to post the job through the William S. Hart Union High School District.

Troy Best was the school's first basketball head coach, but he lasted just two seasons, resigning after the 2006-07 season.

Subsequent coaches, David Smith and now Wilson, lasted just one season.

Prior to joining Golden Valley, Wilson led West Ranch's junior varsity basketball team to a Foothill League title in 2007-08.


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