School board may approve Chapel Hill boys' hoops coach

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 12:06 AM

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education could approve the Chapel Hill High School boys’ basketball coaching candidate at its meeting this evening, said Jeff Nash, the spokesman for the school system.

Nash did not reveal the name of a potential coach preferred by Chapel Hill High principal Sulura Jackson.

The prevailing thought is the candidate surely has a mighty fine resume when considering what former interim coach Lason Perkins brought to the Tigers’ bench.

Perkins, who this past season coached Chapel Hill to a 19-8 record and the second round of the 3-A playoffs, was not offered the permanent job as Chapel Hill’s head coach, according to sources close to the situation. He is highly regarded for his basketball mind, particularly his knowledge of the European brand of ball that emphasizes ball movement and players rubbing off ball screens, C.B. Aycock High School coach Tod Morgan said.

Morgan used to be the head coach at Chapel Hill High. This past season was his first at Aycock. He said he left a very successful Chapel Hill program to facilitate a better fit for his family.

Perkins was Morgan’s top assistant at Chapel Hill for years, and the style of basketball he taught the Tigers was about driving the ball into the paint and kicking it out to open shooters. Perkins wasn’t opposed to having five shooters on the floor to stretch the defense in order to create clean looks at the basket.

Charlotte 49ers guard Denzel Ingram, who played at Chapel Hill, said Perkins improved his game.

Contracts for coaches in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are set up on a season-by-season basis, Nash said. If a principal has no issues with a coach returning, then the coach doesn’t need to reapply for his or her positions he said. Coaching jobs are posted when there are vacancies, Nash said.