(4-25-17) According to a Daily Press story, Gladstone (Michigan) Clayton Castor, the 2017 U.P. Class ABC Coach of the Year in boys’ basketball, resigned as head coach .

His reasons:

  • Family considerations
  • difficulties launching the summer program
  • issues with the booster club
  • parents

Castor told the Daily Press

“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.”

Castor’s resignation is starting to become the norm in this changing world of high school sports, just winning is not enough.  The issues continue to grow, lack of certified officials and now coaches whose jobs use to be considered ‘part-time’ are now year long and full-time.  Student-athletes continue to change schools in order to be ‘seen’, following AAU coaches to a new school or being recruited by a program at an independent private school.


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