By SCOTT COTTOS
With athletic director Scott Brickner saying insufficient progress had been made in the program, Jim Rutter has been dismissed as St. Wendelin’s boys basketball coach after three seasons.
“I’m just very surprised at the way it transpired,” Rutter said. “It was not what I expected.”
Rutter’s teams went a combined 22-46, going from 4-17 in the 2011-12 season to 7-16 the next and 11-13 this past season.
“The contract was nonrenewed because while progress was made in terms of the improvement of the players, we felt there should have been more,” Brickner said. “We know Jim put all of his best efforts into it, but we felt a change at this time would be in the best interests of the program long-term.
“We wish him success wherever he may coach in the future.”
Rutter said he had hoped to stay at St. Wendelin, though, and he pointed to an improved record each year as an indication of progress made, as well as the Mohawks advancing to a sectional title game, ranking second in the Midland Athletic League in defense and high in the league in forced turnovers this past season despite several injuries to players.
“I thought we got better every year and the record indicates that,” Rutter said.
Rutter said he wished any concerns about the program had been communicated to him during the course of the season, but Brickner said he did not want to apply pressure in that way.
St. Wendelin is accepting applicants for the head basketball coaching position. Resumes and cover letters should be sent to Brickner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline is May 20.
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