ELKHART — Troy Noble again will not be in his position as head coach of the Elkhart Central boys basketball team when the Blue Blazers play Friday, Feb. 28, in their regular-season finale at LaPorte, but he is "still the coach" of the team, the school's athletic director and assistant athletic director each said Friday afternoon.
Noble, a teacher at Central, is still employed by Elkhart Community Schools and has not been suspended, ECS director of personnel and legal services Doug Thorne said.
"He's not coaching at the moment," Thorne said, calling it a personnel issue and declining to comment further.
"It's an internal thing right now, and that's all we're going to be able to tell you," assistant AD Trudy Battjes said.
"I believe that's still a possibility," athletic director Buck Buckley said of whether Noble would coach the Blazers in next week's Elkhart Sectional. "On Monday, we can probably give you a much better direction."
Noble did not coach Central in its last game Tuesday, a 72-59 loss to Elkhart Christian. Buckley said at the time that Noble was absent due to "personal issues."
Noble has not returned multiple messages left for him this week on voicemail and via text, and his Blazer basketball Twitter account was deleted this week.
Buckley said Scott Sassaman will serve as "interim head coach" against LaPorte and Scott Sekal as "associate head coach."
The Blazers are 5-14 this season and have lost their last five games, three of them by two points each.
Central drew a bye in next week's Elkhart Sectional and is slated to play Friday, March 7, in the semifinals against the winner of the Goshen vs. Warsaw game.
Elkhart Truth education reporter Lydia Sheaks contributed to this story.