Feb 27, 2013
D.C. Area High School Coach Resigns Citing Parental Pressure

Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/highschools/gary-lee-mcnamara-girls-basketball-coach-steps-down-citing-parental-pressure/2013/02/27/9954215c-8107-11e2-a350-49866afab584_story.html

Third-year McNamara girls’ basketball Coach Gary Lee, whose Mustangs upset then-No. 2 St. John’s last year but fell to a 3-23 record this season with a young team, has stepped down, citing parental pressure.

Lee said he made the decision about two weeks ago and will meet with parents and players next week to formally announce his resignation.

McNamara posted overall and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference records of 19-10, 12-6; 17-12, 8-10; and 3-23, 2-16 under Lee, who took over in October 2010 when Rod Hairston was dismissed weeks before the start of what would have been his second season.

The Mustangs had six freshmen on the varsity this season. Their two league wins were four-point victories over Holy Cross and O’Connell.

The other seven WCAC teams swept McNamara, including Ireton, which last year as the bottom seed in the league tournament stunned the Mustangs in a first-round victory.

Lee said that he felt he had the backing of the school administration — he graduated from McNamara in 1985 — but said he felt it was best to resign.

“I would have loved to have stayed with the program and seen it out, because I know what’s going to happen next year, Lee said Wednesday afternoon, predicting a top-four league finish for McNamara. It was a lot of little internal things. It gets to a point where your character is questioned by parents and it got to a point where [remaining as coach] didn’t add up to keep listening to crazy, stupid stuff. It’s not fair to the administration and myself and my family.

D.C. Area High School Coach Resigns Citing Parental Pressure

Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/highschools/gary-lee-mcnamara-girls-basketball-coach-steps-down-citing-parental-pressure/2013/02/27/9954215c-8107-11e2-a350-49866afab584_story.html

Third-year McNamara girls’ basketball Coach Gary Lee, whose Mustangs upset then-No. 2 St. John’s last year but fell to a 3-23 record this season with a young team, has stepped down, citing parental pressure.

Lee said he made the decision about two weeks ago and will meet with parents and players next week to formally announce his resignation.

McNamara posted overall and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference records of 19-10, 12-6; 17-12, 8-10; and 3-23, 2-16 under Lee, who took over in October 2010 when Rod Hairston was dismissed weeks before the start of what would have been his second season.

The Mustangs had six freshmen on the varsity this season. Their two league wins were four-point victories over Holy Cross and O’Connell.

The other seven WCAC teams swept McNamara, including Ireton, which last year as the bottom seed in the league tournament stunned the Mustangs in a first-round victory.

Lee said that he felt he had the backing of the school administration — he graduated from McNamara in 1985 — but said he felt it was best to resign.

“I would have loved to have stayed with the program and seen it out, because I know what’s going to happen next year, Lee said Wednesday afternoon, predicting a top-four league finish for McNamara. It was a lot of little internal things. It gets to a point where your character is questioned by parents and it got to a point where [remaining as coach] didn’t add up to keep listening to crazy, stupid stuff. It’s not fair to the administration and myself and my family.






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