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 dont think I have the energy to go through what (Id) have to go through the next couple of years.
Theres a group within our community who wanted a change in leadership, Crump continued. Working through that process, it became evident to me that there wasnt going to be enough common ground. Its 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 wasnt 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 Crumps predecessor, Neil McCarthy, his decision to resign was made at the pinnacle of two months of parental pressure.
Its 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 somebodys career and basically end something they love doing because your kid didnt play enough or whatever, I think its 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 havent developed a response yet.
When asked whether parental influence led to Crumps resignation, soon-to-be Principal Mike Caldwell said: Thats an internal matter, and I am not at liberty to share that information.
The Knights won the District Three championship in 2014, Crumps 10th season as varsity coach. He joined the program in 1985, first coaching the freshmen.
Hes in between a rock and a hard place as far as to what hed be able to say because hes planning on staying at the school, McCarthy said. He cant be too critical.
Crump said he doesnt intend on pursuing another coaching position, although he still believes he has the ability to coach successfully.
I dont think you can play both sides, Crump said. I dont feel like they (the administration) could make me happy. I dont know if I could make them happy and make the others, who want something different, happy.
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