Darryl Robinson has resigned as boys’ basketball coach at Wake Forest High.
Robinson, 56, who has coached high school basketball since 1987, led the Cougars for one season, finishing 10-13 with a 6-8 Cap Eight 4A record.
“I just got in the gym a couple of weeks ago and kind of asked myself, ‘Do I really want to do this again?’ … To have a successful program you have to be working now, so I got in the gym and wasn’t feeling the excitement that I wanted,” he said.
Wake Forest High athletics director Mike Joyner said the school will begin searching for a coach immediately. Robinson was the third coach of the boys’ basketball program in the past four years.
“This was a shock to me when he told me last Thursday,” Joyner wrote in an emailed statement Wednesday. “Coach Robinson is an outstanding coach and an even better person. I am glad to have had the opportunity to work with him this year.”
Robinson, who previously taught physical education and now instructs in-school suspension in the school’s alternative learning center, began his teaching career at the school in 1989 before coaching for 14 years at Leesville Road and four years at Durham Hillside.
“I knew some of the Wake Forest tradition and history,” Robinson said. “I know Wake Forest has got basketball tradition, plenty of it. What I would have hoped was to be around long enough to build the program back to being a regular in the state playoffs.”
The Cougars finished the 2013-14 season on a two-game winning streak but fell just short of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs after losing five games by five points or less.
“With a break here or there or a better decision here or there, we could have been in the state playoffs,” Robinson said. “It was a good experience after being away from it and getting back in. I learned some things this year.”
Robinson, whose son Shawan is a coach at Panther Creek, said he looks forward to continuing to be around the game and players in the future.
“Hopefully I can still have an impact on some lives even off the basketball court,” he said.