Movement in Chapel Hill boys' hoops program

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 10:57 PM

Lason Perkins, who last season as interim coach of the Chapel Hill Tigers boys’ basketball team guided the squad to a 19-8 record and the second round of the 3-A playoffs, will not get the permanent gig, according to sources close to the situation.

Chapel Hill principal Sulura Jackson neither confirmed nor denied Perkins’ status.

“We are currently in the staffing process and cannot make an announcement at this time,” Jackson said.

Tod Morgan, though, spoke directly about the situation. He formerly was both head boys’ basketball coach and athletics director at Chapel Hill High, where Perkins was his top assistant.

“It feels like a punch in the gut,” said Morgan, now coaching basketball at C.B. Aycock High School in Pikeville.

Morgan said Perkins as his associate head coach was instrumental in Chapel Hill High winning 73 percent of its games during the past six seasons that produced a 114-42 record. In that stretch, the Tigers won multiple conference championships and league tournaments, and the program sent 11 young men to play college ball, he said. All of the players on those squads graduated, each of them contributing to a team grade-point average of at least 3.5, according to Morgan.

“As the old saying goes, ‘If it ain’t broke, why fix it?’” Morgan offered. “We put our heart and soul into that program and took it from the cellar to the mountaintop. Of course, all the credit to the great young men we had.”

This past season, Chapel Hill shared the Big Eight Conference championship with Orange High School, the team that knocked the Tigers out of the playoffs.

Jackson arrived at Chapel Hill High last summer.

Morgan departed shortly thereafter to facilitate a better fit for his family.

It is uncertain whether Perkins will retain his job as the distance-learning adviser at Chapel Hill High.