2 Idaho high school girls basketball coaches resign, citing personal safety concerns

A pair of coaches at Salmon High School resigned Thursday, fearing for their personal safety after one of their cars had its tires slashed and a headlight broken, Salmon High athletic director Jeremy Burgess confirmed to the Idaho Statesman on Friday. The Post Register first reported the story.

Girls varsity basketball coach Richard Barany discovered that his car had been vandalized Wednesday night after the team returned from its game at West Jefferson High School, Burgess said. Barany and girls junior varsity coach Sarah Foster, both in their second year with the school, resigned because they feared for their safety.

“It wasn’t something that (Barany) wanted to do,” Burgess said. “But at the same time, it’s like, How far are we going to go with this? Do I have to be looking over my shoulder?”

The teams’ seasons are suspended until further notice, Burgess said. The hope is that the varsity and JV teams will be able to finish their seasons somehow. The varsity team’s record is 2-12, according to IdahoSports.com.

“(We will) meet Monday to figure out what to do,” Burgess said. “(We want to) show that what has happened is not going to end the season for them.”

Barany and Foster do not teach at Salmon High, Burgess said. He also said a reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the offenders.

“They’re good people,” Burgess said of the coaches.