UPDATED: South Lakes Fires Basketball Coach Branch
UPDATE: At 1:15 p.m. Friday, I received this text message from former South Lakes boys' basketball coach Darryl Branch. It was a mass text:
If this text reaches you, that means you have tried to contact me over the past few days. I want to thank you for your kind words, thru text voice or email. By you reaching out to see how I am doing, has made the past week more bearable. Believe me when I say, I truly appreciate all of you. SL has been a part of my life in some capacity since 85, as a student, player, Asst coach, head coach and teacher. My time there, I will always cherish. Thanks again, Darryl.
From Thursday's story:
Darryl Branch has been fired as South Lakes boys' basketball coach, less than a month before the start of tryouts.
South Lakes Principal Bruce Butler confirmed the firing, but declined to comment on any details surrounding the decision.
“All I can say about it and would say is that Darryl's served the school and the kids well for a good number of years as a head coach and assistant coach, and at this time it's time for us to go in a different direction,” said Butler.
Branch could not be reached for comment.
A South Lakes alum, Branch was 31-15 in two seasons at the school, which is one of the more storied basketball programs in Northern Virginia. Over the past two years, Branch’s teams went 20-8 in the Virginia AAA Liberty District.
South Lakes assistant coach Irvin Greene said that he and assistant coach John Kemmerer met with Athletic Director Linda Jones on Thursday afternoon to discuss who will coach the team. It is expected they will share the duties.
Branch had the unenviable task of replacing legendary coach Wendell Byrd, for whom South Lakes renamed its gymnasium last year.
Byrd led the Seahawks to a 441-153 record (.742), 12 district titles, six region titles, six state tournament appearances and twice pushed the Reston program into the state final (1999, 2003). Byrd also coached such area greats as Grant Hill, Dennis Scott and Joey Beard.
October 15, 2009; 1:38 PM ET
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