Danville coach Matthew Yates has resigned as the Danville boys basketball coach to take a similar job at Frankfort.
Yates confirmed his resignation this morning. However, he did not want to comment on his resignation at that time.
Yates went 51-61 in four years leading the Admirals. Danville went 8-21 in his first season, but he led the Admirals to a 19-10 record last season.
The Admirals won the 45th District Tournament and earned a berth in the All “A”¿Classic semifinals, the first time the school had made it that far in the small-school state tournament, and lost to eventual champion Besty Layne.
Danville athletics director Sam Harp said this morning the resignation came as a surprise to him.
“I didn’t expect it at that particular time. A lot of things happen for a reason, especially with coaches,”¿Harp said. “I’m disappointed Matt’s leaving us at this time, the timing’s bad. But at the same time, he’s got to do what’s best for him and his family. I really like Matt, and I thought he had the program, especially this year, headed in the right direction.
“I know his decision to leave was partly on a personal note, and I don’t think he felt he got much support from the community. I know he got a lot of support from me and the rest of the administration.”
Harp said he would meet with principal Ed McKinney and superintendent Carmen Coleman, and Danville would post the job immediately and see what happens there.
“We’ve got a little time, not a lot of time,”¿Harp said. “We’re not going to panic here, and we’ll be fine.”
Yates by the years
2007-08 — 8-21
2008-09 — 12-14
2009-10 — 12-16
2010-11 — 19-10