Normand resigns as Stephenville boys basketball coach

Coach cites time with family, pursuit of doctorate degree as reasons for decision

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Stephenville boys basketball head coach Jonathan Normand resigned Wednesday. He is shown pacing in front of his bench during a playoff prep game against Decatur on February 19 in Brock. || BRAD KEITH/TheFlashToday.com

By BRAD KEITH

TheFlashToday.com

STEPHENVILLE (April 22, 2015) — Stephenville boys basketball head coach Jonathan Normand resigned Wednesday.

“I’m going to spend more time with my family and work on my doctorate degree to become a professor someday,” said Normand, who led Stephenville to its first ever regional finals appearance in 2013-14, and reached the playoffs each of the last four seasons.


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Stephenville made it to the regional quarterfinals in 2013, falling to Wichita Falls Hirschi before avenging that loss in the same round the following year to reach the regional tournament. There, the Jackets upset Abilene Wylie in an overtime thriller for arguably the biggest win in the history of the program.

“We hate to lose him. He’s been highly successful on the basketball court here recently. He’s someone we’re definitely going to miss,” said Stephenville athletic director Alan Haire. “We were in Coaches Outreach together, spent some time together and he’s a great person. Sometimes a person’s interests change and they want to do something different in their career, and I certainly understand and support him in that.”


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Haire will now oversee the hiring of a new head coach for the first time since school trustees named him athletic director on March 6.

“We don’t necessarily have the entire process planned out with him just turning in his resignation today,” Haire said Wednesday evening. “We want to take the time to reflect and find the very best candidate we can for the Yellow Jackets going into next year. We will post it and search see who we find to be the best leader for the program in 2015-16 and moving forward.”

Stephenville head coach Jonathan Normand calls his offense during the first half of Friday's tough victory over Graham at Gandy Gym. || Photo by BRAD KEITH
Stephenville head coach Jonathan Normand calls his offense during the first half of district contest against Graham at Gandy Gym. || BRAD KEITH/TheFlashToday.com

5 Comments

  1. well Jonathan i am so very proud and happy for you and yours. I know the people in Stephenville hate to see you go as we were in Johnson City.

    Take care and just know Ms. T still loves and thinks of you often.

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