Wanted: New DN basketball coach

By Robert Husseman, The Triplicate June 13, 2013 05:19 pm

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Mike Ernest resigned following successful season

Del Norte High is searching for a new girls basketball head coach for the second time in two years. 

Mike Ernest resigned following the Warriors’ season in late February, according to Del Norte County Unified School District superintendent Don Olson. 

In Ernest’s only season atop the program, Del Norte posted a 10-12 overall record (1-7 Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 League). It was the Warriors’ most successful season since 2009–10, and the league win was the program’s first in nearly two years.

Del Norte High athletic director Bob Hadfield had no comment beyond acknowledging that Ernest had resigned.

Ernest also resigned from his position as Dean of Counseling and Student Services at Castle Rock Charter School around the same time that he resigned from his coaching position, according to Castle Rock principal Jeff Napier.

“I can’t really discuss personnel matters,” Napier said. “That’s a violation of law.”

Napier would not comment on the nature of Ernest’s resignation but did note that Ernest “left on good terms.” 

When asked about the conditions surrounding Ernest’s resignation, Olson said, “That was the choice he made.”

“That’s all I’m really going to comment on,” he added.

Messages left for Ernest by the Triplicate were not returned.

Ernest’s name is still listed on the Del Norte County Unified School District website as a member of the Castle Rock Charter School staff, but his name and photo have been removed from the Castle Rock Charter School website.

Ernest had previously coached girls basketball at McKay High School in Salem, Ore., from 2008 to 2011. He spent the 2011–12 academic year as a substitute physical education instructor at Crescent Elk Middle School.

Applications are still being accepted for the position of head girls basketball coach, which Hadfield expects to close by tomorrow. Three prospective coaches have applied for the position to date, Hadfield told the Triplicate.

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