Apr 26, 2017
Michigan HS basketball ‘Coach of the Year’ resigns over parents

A Michigan high school basketball coach, who earlier this year was named best coach in his class, has resigned. And he calls parents the No. 1 reason for his departure.

Clayton Castor was the boys basketball coach at Gladstone High School, and last season he was named the U.P. Class ABC Coach of the Year. On Friday, he submitted his resignation, citing a number of reasons — mainly parents — for his decision.

Castor’s team advanced to the Class B regional championship last season, and finished with an 18-6 record. It was the program’s highest win total in 20 years, according to the Daily Press.

Here are Castor’s comments, as reported by the Daily Press:

“I have a lot of different reasons why I wanted to resign and only a few reasons to stick around.

“I thought our administration at Gladstone was really supportive of our program and they did a great job. But I thought there were some things early on in the year, small situations that were mind blowing … I dealt with our fan club. I ended up having a meeting with them. I thought the meeting was out of line.

“At the end of the day, the reason why I am resigning is because of parents. I don’t want to deal with them. The last five years I have coached at Gladstone I have given it my life. My time could have been better spent doing other things.

“I really, really enjoy this. But parents have taken the fun and enjoyment right out of it. Maybe some of this is on me. I just don’t have thick enough skin or the will to put up with it. For that amount of time, it’s just not worth it.”

Combative parents consistently rank in the top five of our annual survey of “most concerning issues” in interscholastic sports. We offer a number of resources on handling parents and developing working relationships with moms and dads.

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