New CHHS coach resigned prior post for health reasons

Jun. 23, 2014 @ 08:59 PM

Supporters of the interim basketball coach at Chapel Hill High School who was not retained may have another reason to question the hiring of the guy who got the job.

Former Reidsville High School basketball coach William Walton earlier this year left the bench at that school because of health concerns, according to the N.C. High School Athletic Association.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education last week announced that Walton would take over the basketball program at Chapel Hill High, where Lason Perkins last season guided the Tigers to a 19-8 record and to the second round of the state’s 3-A playoffs.

Former players and coaches at Chapel Hill High showed up at Thursday’s school-board meeting and in no uncertain terms said Principal Sulura Jackson’s decision not to stick with Perkins was a mistake.

Privacy laws prevent the school system from disclosing the nature of the health concerns that led to Walton's resignation at Reidsville.

Both Jackson and Chapel Hill High athletics director Tim Bennett were not available Monday to discuss their confidence in Walton’s fitness to physically handle the job of running a basketball program. Walton also will teach physical education at Chapel Hill High.

Walton was the head coach at Reidsville for nine years, compiling a record of 145-72, including a 26-4 run two seasons ago.

Herald-Sun sports writer John McCann is on Twitter: @johntmccann.