Jun 10, 2013
Florida HS Coach Fired After Winning School’s 4th State Title

Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/08/3438832/shock-follows-basketball-coach.html

Two seasons of unrest between Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach, Fla.) five-time state champion basketball coach Melvin Randall and the Ely administration reached a boiling point on Friday morning with Randall being released of his coaching duties.

Randall, who led Ely to its fourth state title overall last March, confirmed in a phone interview that he was informed of his dismissal in a 10:30 a.m. meeting with Ely assistant principal Malcolm Spence (Ely administrator over sports) and assistant principal Antonio Womack.

“The meeting was short, harsh and without an explanation as to why, Randall said. All they told me is that they are moving in a different direction [with the] boys’ basketball coach. Mr. Spence said to leave the gym key on the desk and “you have some orange uniforms and some shooting shirts, and I need them by Monday.”

Spence, whose phone went to voicemail Friday, could not be reached for comment.

Even if Randall doesn’t coach again, he has first ballot Hall of Fame credentials. Randall (458-136) led Deerfield Beach to state titles in 1997 and 1999 before bringing his no-nonsense, high-pressure defense coaching style to Ely in 2002 and subsequently leading Ely to its best run in boys’ basketball.

Randall went 226-79 at Ely and brought the Tigers its second state title with former Florida Gators guard Kenny Boynton Jr. the driving force in 2006-07.

Florida HS Coach Fired After Winning School’s 4th State Title

Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/08/3438832/shock-follows-basketball-coach.html

Two seasons of unrest between Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach, Fla.) five-time state champion basketball coach Melvin Randall and the Ely administration reached a boiling point on Friday morning with Randall being released of his coaching duties.

Randall, who led Ely to its fourth state title overall last March, confirmed in a phone interview that he was informed of his dismissal in a 10:30 a.m. meeting with Ely assistant principal Malcolm Spence (Ely administrator over sports) and assistant principal Antonio Womack.

“The meeting was short, harsh and without an explanation as to why, Randall said. All they told me is that they are moving in a different direction [with the] boys’ basketball coach. Mr. Spence said to leave the gym key on the desk and “you have some orange uniforms and some shooting shirts, and I need them by Monday.”

Spence, whose phone went to voicemail Friday, could not be reached for comment.

Even if Randall doesn’t coach again, he has first ballot Hall of Fame credentials. Randall (458-136) led Deerfield Beach to state titles in 1997 and 1999 before bringing his no-nonsense, high-pressure defense coaching style to Ely in 2002 and subsequently leading Ely to its best run in boys’ basketball.

Randall went 226-79 at Ely and brought the Tigers its second state title with former Florida Gators guard Kenny Boynton Jr. the driving force in 2006-07.






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