Derrick DeShone steps down as Jimtown basketball coach
Posted: 05/08/2012 at 3:00 pm
By: Anthony Anderson
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Derrick DeShone (Truth Photo)
Jimtown head boys basketball coach Derrick DeShone
DeShone met with his team Tuesday afternoon, May 8, to inform them of his decision.
“I am resigning for personal reasons, family reasons,” DeShone said by phone prior to the meeting.
Other than to confirm that his health is fine, DeShone declined to elaborate on his reasons.
“It was a tough choice,” said DeShone, a 2005 Jimtown graduate. “I love the community, I love Jimtown. We have fantastic kids to work with, but it was a choice that needed to be made.”
DeShone, who is in his first year as a second grade teacher at Jimtown Elementary, said no decision’s been made on whether he will remain in that position, but he declined to be more specific.
“Believe me, I’m disappointed,” athletic director Bill Sharpe said of DeShone stepping down as basketball coach, “but it’s Derrick’s decision and I respect that. He did a great job, has great enthusiasm for the game, and I think our kids got a lot better as the year went along.”
DeShone was hired last August a few weeks shy of his 25th birthday, becoming one of the youngest boys basketball head coaches in modern state history.
He replaced his father, Randy, who had resigned after 20 years to become an assistant principal at the school.
The Jimmies, with one starter back from a 9-12 club, went 4-17 in the younger DeShone’s lone season in charge.
They started 1-11, but then won three of four, including victories over Elkhart Christian (13-8) and Bremen (8-15), before dropping their final five games. Leading scorer Evan Oblinger was a junior and several others who saw regular time were also underclassmen. It was Jimtown’s first season in Class 3A after spending the previous 14 years in 2A.
“We had a group that hadn’t played together much, but as we got more acquainted, we got better,” DeShone said. “There’s a camaraderie that we were working on all year.”
DeShone was the junior point guard when the Jimmies captured the only boys state title in Elkhart County history in 2004. He was an All-Area second-teamer that season and a first-teamer the following season before going on to play at Ball State and IUSB, from where he graduated in 2010.
DeShone spent two years as an assistant at Northridge and as a teacher with Middlebury Community Schools before being named head coach at Jimtown.
Asked if he hopes to return to coaching in some capacity anytime soon, DeShone said “I haven’t even thought about it.”
His resignation leaves three Elkhart County boys basketball head coaching jobs open for the moment.
Matt Windy stepped down at Central in late March, citing a desire to spend more time with his sons, and Jason Ridge resigned last week at Northridge upon accepting a position as assistant principal at Whitko.