Video: Bassett To Return As Coach


South Jefferson girls' varsity basketball coach Pat Bassett will apparently return to his coaching duties, following a meeting with the school board today.

The board heard from a packed house of Bassett supporters Monday night, who addressed the panel for about an hour and a half.

After an additional two and a half hours of discussion in executive session, school superintendent Jamie Moesel told reporters Bassett's "administrative leave" would be lifted.

"The board has recommended that Coach Bassett's administrative leave be discontinued, pending a satisfactory resolution of our concerns," she said.

Before that happens, Bassett has to meet with the board today. Moesel said she and the board "have no reason to believe" their concerns won't be answered.

It's not clear why Bassett was placed on leave from his coaching duties last week, but team members rallied around him. Several said they would not play if he did not return.

Bassett did not attend Monday night's meeting, though his wife did, along with scores of South Jefferson residents.

The last two girls' varsity basketball games have been postponed - the weather ended up affecting sports across the north country over the last week - but it's expected Thursday's game against General Brown will be played as scheduled.



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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Dec 17 at 9:43 AM

Bravo school board allowing bullying to continue in the schools. As long as your one the winning team.

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Dec 17 at 1:36 PM

Honestly he's an adult, that word bullying is thrown around way to much these days. Parents need to use discipline and teach their children how to show respect!

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Dec 17 at 6:31 PM

As a community member that was in attendance at the meeting,I was overwhelmed by the support offered by people of all ages and walks of life.It is important to note that any dissenters were curiously absent.His impact seemed to reach far beyond the court and really had little to do with wins,records,or titles. A dangerous precedent would have been set if he were not allowed to continue as coach.When I played high school sports,my coach had a similar coaching philosophy,passion,and set of expectations.That experience instills life lessons that no classroom could ever provide.The problem I have with this issue is a societal one.When things get hard, children have no coping mechanisms to work through them.Your comment is evidence of this when you resort to tantrums when things do not go your way.Instead of parents instilling these lessons,they attempt to solve life's problems for them.What a rude awakening real life will be when they have to go it alone.The board made the right call.

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