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Touhey will not return to coach Vikings

Published 9:15am Monday, May 19, 2014

After six seasons, Niles girls basketball coach Patrick Touhey will part ways with the program.

According to Niles Athletic Director Jeff Upton, Touhey was informed of the decision to not have him return as head coach during a meeting on Thursday.

“We appreciate the coach’s contributions to the team, as well as to the Niles school community and we wish him well moving forward,” Upton said. “We will begin searching for a highly qualified coach to lead the team next season.”

In his six seasons, Touhey posted a record of 74-64. After going 0-21 in 2012-13 with a team consisting mainly of freshmen and sophomores, the program turned around this past season.

The Vikings went 14-9 making it one of the biggest turnarounds in school history. Niles returns nearly its entire line-up for the coming season.

This is not the first time this year that it appeared Touhey would be leaving the program.

Back in February, he announced on his Facebook page that he would be resigning. After speaking with Upton, Touhey agreed to remain with the team.

Touhey was disappointed with the decision and said that his coaching days are not finished.

“It was communicated to me today (Thursday) in a meeting by the AD at Niles that it was time for a coaching change for the Lady Vikes program,” he wrote on his Facebook page Thursday. “I will not coach at a school where the AD does not want me. I want to thank Jim Knoll and John Danaher for giving me an opportunity to coach at Niles. I had so many great players and memories.

“I am not done coaching. I will always be involved in some capacity even if it is just as a summer coach.”

 

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