Bishop Kelly boys basketball coach Larry Crump resigns, predecessor cites parental pressure

tphibbs@idahostatesman.comMay 22, 2014 

Bishop Kelly basketball coach Larry Crump resigned after 29 years affiliated with the program.

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Bishop Kelly boys basketball coach Larry Crump resigned from his position after 29 years affiliated with the program, the Idaho Statesman learned Thursday.

“Philosophical differences and maybe a little bit of stubbornness on my part,” Crump said. “I had to evaluate how I want to coach and the environment I coach in, and I don’t think I have the energy to go through what (I’d) have to go through the next couple of years.

“There’s a group within our community who wanted a change in leadership,” Crump continued. “Working through that process, it became evident to me that there wasn’t going to be enough common ground. It’s hard enough to be a coach and a teacher, to have to look over your shoulder all the time.”

Crump will continue to teach world and U.S. history at the school.

Crump, who said it wasn’t his intent to leave this season, officially signed documentation Monday. He said the administration never presented an ultimatum, and until last week they were under the presumption he would return.

According to Crump’s predecessor, Neil McCarthy, his decision to resign was made at the pinnacle of two months of parental pressure.

“It’s been a very long, drawn-out process,” McCarthy said. “A lot of parental pressure and the administration, in my opinion, not backing him up strongly enough. … I think when you take somebody’s career and basically end something they love doing because your kid didn’t play enough or whatever, I think it’s a wrongful thing.”

Bishop Kelly Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Carpenter declined to comment Thursday night.

“If you give me a couple of days, I might be able to give you some answers,” Carpenter said. “This just happened, and we haven’t developed a response yet.”

When asked whether parental influence led to Crump’s resignation, soon-to-be Principal Mike Caldwell said: “That’s an internal matter, and I am not at liberty to share that information.”

The Knights won the District Three championship in 2014, Crump’s 10th season as varsity coach. He joined the program in 1985, first coaching the freshmen.

“He’s in between a rock and a hard place as far as to what he’d be able to say because he’s planning on staying at the school,” McCarthy said. “He can’t be too critical.”

Crump said he doesn’t intend on pursuing another coaching position, although he still believes he has the ability to coach successfully.

“I don’t think you can play both sides,” Crump said. “I don’t feel like they (the administration) could make me happy. I don’t know if I could make them happy and make the others, who want something different, happy.”

Trevor Phibbs: 377-6424; Twitter: @IDS_Phibbs

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