LONGMONT — One year removed from guiding the Trojans to back-to-back Class 4A state title games, Longmont High head girls basketball coach Jay Darien was fired on Monday.
The Trojans had a difficult 2012 season, struggling through a 5-19 campaign that included a player being kicked off the team in December.
But Longmont athletic director Andrea Tribelhorn said Monday’s decision had nothing to do with wins and losses. Tribelhorn said she could not comment further on the reasons for the change because the matter is a personnel issue.
“There was just a decision made by the administration at Longmont High School that the program needed to go in a different direction,” Tribelhorn said.
In nine seasons as head coach of the Trojans, Darien compiled a record of 152-80 since inheriting the program from his sister, Darlene Dion, who’d guided the Trojans to their first-ever state title game in 2002-03 in just her second season.
Darien guided the Trojans to the playoffs each of his nine seasons, including state runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011. Seven of his nine teams finished with winning records, and he was named 4A Northern Conference coach of the year twice and Longmont Times-Call coach of the year once.
But after a group of disgruntled parents, upset over Darien’s coaching style and decisions, took a complaint to the St. Vrain School District administration, the district decided not to renew his contract.
Darien said he was surprised by the decision.
“At the end of the day, I did not have the support of the administration at Longmont High School,” Darien said. “That, to me, is very disappointing.”
“We’ve had great success in our program and I’ve been very fortunate to be able to coach many amazing athletes. We haven’t had any problems up until this year.”
Triblehorn said Longmont High School likely will post the job and begin looking for a candidate to replace Darien soon.
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