From Pensinsula Gateway sports editor Neil Pierson
Gig Harbor High boys basketball coach Craig Brooks has resigned his position after two seasons, Tides’ athletic director Bob Werner confirmed Wednesday.
Brooks was placed on paid administrative leave in January after parents complaints led to a Peninsula School District investigation. The investigation is still ongoing, Werner said, but Brooks didn’t wait for its conclusion, turning in his resignation.
Controversy began swirling around the program in early January after four players were suspended for undisclosed violations during a trip to Ketchikan, Alaska. The school district declined to name the players, citing student privacy laws, but the eight-game suspensions initially handed down were consistent with punishments typically given to athletes who violate drug or alcohol clauses in the district’s activities code.
Brooks took over the head coaching position in 2011 after Tom Adams’ resignation. Brooks’ two-year record was 16-27, including a 5-15 mark this past season in which the Tides failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Brooks wasn’t immediately available for comment. He teaches math at Gig Harbor High, but Werner couldn’t confirm whether he’d keep his teaching position.
Werner said the school district is accepting applications for the job until March 19. He hopes to conduct interviews immediately after that, and tentatively plans to announce the new coach in early April.
Gig Harbor has started shifting its job descriptions for all varsity coaching positions, Werner said, making them more of a “program director” that helps develop players from elementary grades on up. Applicants for the boys basketball job are being made aware of the expectations.
“We’ve redefined this position so you’re kind of a figurehead for this community,” Werner said. “That means a very long-term investment.”