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June 12, 2014

More coaching turnover at Chapel Hill High

Chapel Hill is without a head basketball coach for the second time within one year.

Chapel Hill is without a head basketball coach for the second time within one year.

Lason Perkins confirmed Wednesday afternoon that he would not be back next fall as head coach for boys’ basketball at Chapel Hill High.

A successor had yet to be named Wednesday.

Perkins represents the sixth coaching change at Chapel Hill High School within one year, beginning with the departure of Tod Morgan last spring as athletics director and head boys’ basketball coach.

Chapel Hill hired Lee Land as its baseball coach last winter. Jody Brown was named this week as volleyball coach at Chapel Hill, succeeding Sherry Norris, the all-time leader in N.C. high school volleyball wins.

Announcements were pending on coaches for girls’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ soccer.

Perkins took over the Chapel Hill boys’ basketball program two weeks before the start of the 2013-14 season, officially listed as the interim head coach following Morgan’s exit.

Morgan coached the Tigers to successive conference championships and deep runs into the playoffs, but decided late in the spring 2013 semester to leave Chapel Hill to rejoin his family in New Bern.

Perkins was the top assistant coach on Morgan’s staff and was widely regarded as a master tactician.

Perkins inherited a team that had graduated 10 seniors off of the 2013 conference champions. He guided last season’s Tigers to a 19-8 record overall, matching first-place finisher Orange at 12-2 in Big Eight Conference games.

The Chapel Hill administration never removed the “interim” label from his title. Perkins said he nonetheless appreciated the support he received from the fans and the athletic department, including athletics director Tim Bennett.

Perkins interviewed for the full-time post earlier in the spring semester. He was informed by telephone Wednesday morning that he would not be retained as head coach.

Morgan, who took over a program that had suffered through successive losing seasons, said he was disappointed Perkins wasn’t retained despite his winning season.

“We put our heart and soul into that program and took it from the cellar to the mountain top,” Morgan texted friends Wednesday. “This feels like a gut punch.”

Perkins also works at Chapel Hill High School as a contract employee, working with students taking on-line classes. His contract must be renewed in the summer if he is to return in the fall.

“I don’t know if this affects my job or not,” Perkins said. “I’ve requested a meeting to discuss it. I’d hope to know soon, before the start of summer school.


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