Originally Published: June 7, 2018 6:08 p.m.
Updated as of Friday, June 8, 2018 6:05 AM
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated from an earlier version.
Search underway for new coach to lead program
PRESCOTT — After nine seasons at the helm of the Prescott boys’ basketball program, head coach Adam Neely officially tendered his resignation last week.
Neely led the Badgers to a 12-13 overall record this past season, qualifying for the 4A conference state play-in round before a 66-52 loss to No. 15-ranked Tempe on Feb. 9.
He went 102-141 during tenure at Prescott (2009-2018), but won 77 of those games in the last six seasons after starting just 25-54. He led the Badgers to 18 wins in 2012-13 as the program made the state playoffs that season for the first time in more than a decade.
Neely took a newly created administrative job with the Prescott Unified School District as its data coach.
“It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Neely said in a phone interview Thursday night, adding he’s been in the Badger program for 11 years so it was a tough decision to move on.
“I’m so proud of the development of the kids and how they’ve become successful young adults,” Neely said. “I know it will continue to be a place where great opportunities will be made. We always said we were teaching life lessons using basketball, and I’m very proud of that.”
Prescott Athletic Director Missy Townsend said many teachers reach a point where they look into the administration side of education.
“I knew it was only a matter of time. I completely support him. It’s the same path I took. I coached for eight years, stepped down for the exact same reasons as Adam,” Townsend said in a phone interview Thursday night. “I think he’s doing a good thing. … He has a lot to bring to the administration.”
Neely taught college algebra, elementary statistics and was the math department chair at Prescott High School.
Townsend added that it’s difficult losing a “great coach that runs a great program.”
“But he’s done such a great job, that whomever takes over will have an easy path. The program is in good shape,” Townsend said.
Townsend said her department has received only a few applications, but has someone in mind for the job and may announce as early as next week. She declined to give a name.
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