Macon–At Monday night’s Meridian school board meeting, the board voted 4-3 not to rehire Jay Driscoll as the boys basketball head coach.
Board member Tony Etherton made the motion that Marie Jagger Taylor seconded to rehire Coach Driscoll which failed on a 4-3 vote with Vicki Carr joining them. Those members voting against rehiring Driscoll were Monte Hogan, Adam Herbert, Chris Jones and Matt Roush.
By doing so, the board rejected the administration’s request that he be rehired, including Principal Eric Hurelbrink and Athletic Director Mike Bender.
Driscoll’s Hawks posted a 22-11 record this past season and for his four years courtside coaching the Hawks Driscoll posted an overall won-loss record of 67-54. His four seasons there were 17-12, 12-17, 16-14, 22-11. His successor will inherit a veteran team, including the return of Jacob Jones, who will become the latest Hawk to scored 1,000 points in their career as he stands at over 950 now after his junior season. Graham Meisenhelter also returns, who is a cousin of the graduating 1,000 point scorer, Garrett Meisenhelter.
He also coached eight years at nearby Mount Zion, where he still teaches, compiling an overall won-loss record of 110-106.
Because of it being a personnel matter, Superintendent Dan Brue declined comment on why the board majority voted not to rehire.
For his part, Driscoll once again showed his class and professionalism, writing, “I enjoyed coaching the players at Meridian and feel the program was continuing to move in a good direction with 22-11 record last year.
Obviously, this is a developing story that will be updated in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune. In that story I will share my personal insights into Driscoll’s coaching the Hawks.