First Posted: 8/10/2009
DOBSONSurry Community College students interested in joining the Knights basketball team will have to settle for intramural basketball instead for the 2009-2010 year.
Because the college has yet to replace the position of a head and assistant coach, both of whom resigned during the spring, the Surry Community College Board of Trustees agreed yesterday to suspend the basketball team until the 2010-2011 academic year.
Its a little late for recruitment, said Dan Stone, the vice chair of the board, who recommended the board suspend the team and start again team next year.
I think we should forgo an organized basketball team this year and make every effort to re-instate the program next year, he said.
The boards decision was not much of a surprise. Eddie Wilmoth, formerly the Knights head coach, said June 4 that discussions were being held regarding the future of the program and a vote was imminent.
However, President Deborah Friedman said in June those talks cooled and were moved to last nights meeting because the budget had not been approved by the state in June, so the school did not know how much funding was available for the hoops squad.
Stone cited lack of time to recruit and a lack of available teaching positions for coaches as a reason for not finding a replacement
There are not a lot of teaching positions available to hire a coach. The PE positions are already filled, he said. Stone added that on a positive note, it would give the college an opportunity to save money and spend time seeking recruits to the school from other area programs such as Forsyth Technical Community College, which doesnt have a basketball team.
Wilmoth and assistant coach Tony Searcy stepped down shortly after this past season wrapped up when the Knights were bounced from the Region X tournament. Wilmoth said he would have returned as an assistant. Recruits who showed interest in playing for Surry recently were informed of the possibility of a team not appearing in 2009-10.
Freidman said she was grateful for the coaches efforts with the team and looked forward to starting the program again the following the school year.
Im very appreciative of what theyve done and grateful for their experience, she said following Mondays meeting.
The board mentioned that intramural basketball could give students the opportunity to still participate in sports of their interest while the basketball team is out of commission.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.