The first casualty of the coaching offseason is official.
Cardinal O’Hara athletic director Steve Langley confirmed that coach Tim Kelly will not return for the 2013-14 season after a year where the Lions went 8-14 overall and 2-11 in Catholic League play.
“Different direction,” Langley said when asked what led to the move.
You get the feeling that the record and some recent lean years for O’Hara led to Kelly being relieved of his duties and a 40-39 loss to archrival Bonner-Prendergast in the season finale didn’t help things, either.
With the vacancy in hand, Langley will look to move quickly to fill the position.
“The procedure in the Archdiocese is that a job, once it gets posted, has to be posted throughout the Archdiocese for 20 days,” Langley said. “Then we’ll accept any and all applications during that 20-day period. Once it’s posted, we’ll put it on our website and anyone that’s interested can apply.”
Whomever takes over the job will have a rebuilding job ahead, especially with leading scorers Mike Louden (Second-team All-Catholic League pick, 16 points per game, 25 3-pointers, 78.5 percent from the free-throw line) and Sean Havink (11.6 points per game, 38 3-pointers, 74.6 percent from the free-throw line) graduating.
– MATT CHANDIK