Tahlequah Daily Press

January 30, 2014

Former Hulbert coach expresses remorse


— Darron McCord resigned as Hulbert boys basketball coach for personal reasons on Friday, said Dr. Marilyn Dewoody, Hulbert superintendent of schools. The school confirmed on Monday that McCord will remain at the school as a teacher.

The resignation came after it was reported to school officials on Friday that McCord, who was in his second season as the Riders’ coach, was abusive towards his players in the locker room during halftime of the Riders’ 82-57 win over Oaks in the Dave Calvert Invitational tournament in Kiefer last Thursday.

On Friday, McCord and school principal Brad Ferguson met in Ferguson’s office to discuss the incident in which a clipboard was broken and thrown and offensive language was used.

“Basically we had a talking and came up with that I should resign,” McCord said.

McCord expressed extreme remorse over the incident.

“Keeping parents, a community and players all happy is a stressingly difficult situation and the stress was getting to me,” he said. “There comes a point when if you say your putting your family, faith and health in front of your job, you’ve got to do it. That’s why I stepped down.

“I lost my temper. My boys and fellow coaches know my heart and know that I care deeply about them. I’ve apologized to them and that’s good enough for me.”

Marge Burton, grandmother of Hulbert player Jacob Burton, was told by her grandson that this was not the first time this had happened. She was with her grandson and several other players on Sunday and stated she saw relief in the faces of the players.

“We had Jacob and some of the other players for lunch here,” Marge Burton said.” “I got the feeling that the boys are glad he’s no longer going to be the coach.”

Rick Ott, who serves as the Lady Riders’ coach and the school’s athletic director, has assumed the boys’ coaching duties.