The Easton boys basketball team experienced a big shakeup last week as second-year coach Tom McGarvey decided to resign halfway through the season.
“Tom felt the kids were not responding to his coaching philosphy and since they weren’t wholeheartedly responding to that, he felt it was time for him to step down, effective immediately,” said school principal Tom Jandreau.
“My basic statement was I didn’t think the kids were responding to what I was trying to put forth in the program,” McGarvey explained. “We made some improvement, but it just didn’t seem like it was going to be there and I thought it was time for someone else to step in.”
Easton was 2-5 at the time of McGarvey resignation and 3-21 during his 1 1/2-year tenure. The Bears’ current record is 2-8.
Both Jandreau and McGarvey said McGarvey’s decision stemmed from the team’s failure to execute some of the fundamentals he stressed, like boxing out and running various offensive sets.
Former JV boys coach Dean Gendreau has taken over the varsity squad while Bryan Wright, a science and computer teacher at Easton High, is the new JV coach. Both coaches have been hired on an interim basis.
Gendreau is also Easton’s recreation director.
McGarvey, who teaches social studies at Central Aroostook High School in Mars Hill, was non-committal about a possible return to coaching.
“At this point in time, I can’t even think about that right now,” McGarvey said.
The timing of McGarvey’s decision caught Jandreau and other school officials off-guard.
“That really threw myself, our principal, the superintendent and the school board for a loop,” said Jandreau.
McGarvey admitted it was a difficult time to leave a coaching job.
“I thought it was early enough in the season for someone else to come in and give it a try and maybe get something done,” he said.
Foxcroft Academy football coach Paul Withee has been named the head coach for the East squad in the 1998 Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic, which will be played in Biddeford Friday, July 10.
Dick Agreste, who retired as Thornton Academy’s head football coach after 12 seasons last year, will head up the West squad.
Assistant coaches will be selected by the head coaches over the next few weeks.