Hillside coaching search could be concluding

Jul. 14, 2014 @ 01:42 PM

Expect to have a name at least by the end of the week regarding the next boys' basketball coach at Hillside High School.

Hillside athletics director Bob Hill wants to have the Hornets' new head man on the bench in time for the N.C. Coaches Association coaches clinic in Greensboro on July 21.

Former Hillside basketball player Rashard Lee, who hooped collegiality at the University of Tennessee and professionally in Europe, applied for the job and appeared to be a strong candidate, especially since he's spent the last few seasons as an assistant coach with the successful Chapel Hill High School boys' basketball program. But Lee, 37, said Hill let him know Friday that he didn't get the job.

According to a source close to the situation, the Hillside job has drawn interest from coaches already leading basketball programs in the area.

Hillside last season was 16-12 with Coach Crasten Davis at the helm. The Hornets made it to the second round of the state's 4-A playoffs.

Durham Public Schools athletics director Larry McDonald said Davis lost his job as Hillside's coach due to “internal issues.”

It's important to make just the right hire for Hillside's basketball team, McDonald said.

Hillside is an historically black school with a strong heritage of excellence in athletics.