Archive for Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Holthus resigns as girls basketball coach

March 14, 2007

Basehor-Linwood High School girls basketball coach Tami Holthus saw her program criticized and scrutinized for most of the two years she spent in town.

Tuesday afternoon, she decided to put an end to it.

Eleven days after closing the books on one of the school's most successful girls basketball seasons in the past decade, Holthus resigned her position as the varsity girls basketball coach at BLHS.

"Tami resigned for personal reasons," BLHS athletic director Joe Keeler said. "I wish her the best of luck and we appreciate the two years she spent here as a coach at Basehor-Linwood High School."

At around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, Holthus delivered a letter of resignation to the Basehor-Linwood School District's central office.

Holthus chose not to comment on her decision to step down, instead referring to her letter of resignation to speak for her.

In it, she outlined the reasons she was proud of her time as the BLHS girls basketball coach, citing satisfaction in her team's play on the floor as well as the development of an offseason program that attracted more than 100 girls from the Basehor-Linwood community.

Also in the letter, Holthus addressed the speculation that ran rampant throughout the community about any wrongdoings on her part.

"I have not violated KSHSAA rules," Holthus wrote in her letter. "I have been a coach in the state of Kansas for 18 years. I respect the rules of the Activities Association and those individuals who make and enforce them.

The letter continued: "I have been professional and caring in my relationships and my communication with the players and parents in the Basehor-Linwood High School girls basketball program. I have been honest and forthright in my communication with school administration."

At least one administrator, Don Swartz, the district's director of personnel, supported Holthus.

"There is absolutely no truth that there were any kind of violations of KSHSAA rules on Tami's part," Swartz said. "Even an insinuation that there were is totally ridiculous."

Swartz, who was instrumental in bringing Holthus to BLHS two years ago, said her resignation represented a sad day for BLHS athletics.

In addition, Swartz said Holthus was not in any kind of hot water from the administration and that she stepped down on her own.

"She did everything that she was asked to do for this basketball program," Swartz said. "Unfortunately, no matter what you do here, there is a group of people who just won't ever be happy."

Holthus leaves the Lady Bobcats with a two-year record of 22-20, including an 11-9 mark this season, marking the team's first winning season in five years.

As for the future of the BLHS girls basketball program, which will enjoy the luxury of returning six seniors and nine players with significant varsity experience for the 2007-2008 season, Keeler said it was likely that the school would begin its search to find a replacement for Holthus sometime in April.

"We really at this time haven't determined what the next step is for hiring her replacement," Keeler said. "When these things occur, the more time you have is a benefit to everyone."

BLHS assistant coach Noah Simpson, a BLHS graduate and likely candidate to replace Holthus, said he was considering his options at this time.

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