Tietig resigns as Whittell basketball coach
For the third straight season, the Whittell High boys’ basketball will have a new head coach.
Larry Tietig has resigned after one year guiding the Warriors’ program.
Whittell Athletic Director Steve Maltase said Tietig became discouraged about the commitment of his players.
“Larry’s a student of the game and turned the basketball program in the right direction,” Maltase. “But I don’t know if the kids were buying in as much as he would have liked.”
Maltase said the school has promoted last season junior varsity coach Tyler Rose as the new varsity coach. Rose has also worked as an assistant coach at Rex Putnam High in Portland, Ore.
“He’s going to do a great job,” Maltase said. “He has a lot of great ideas, and I think he’ll have a good bond with the kids.”
Tietig’s Warriors finished with a flourish at the end of last season but wound up last in a stacked Northern 2A League, where the fourth place team eventually claimed runner-up in the state tournament. The Warriors put together a modest two-game winning streak, including an upset win over Virginia City, and finished with a 4-22 overall record.
He was not available on Monday to discuss his resignation.
The Warriors got off to a slow start last season while junior Jordan Morgan was recovering from a knee injury. Morgan only returned briefly, and the Warriors struggled while playing mostly underclassmen.
In late November, just prior to the team’s season opener, Tietig complained about his team’s commitment level.
“The program has been kind of flat. The kids have been reluctant to get involved,” Tietig said. “Two weeks to prepare for the basketball season is complicated. Unless you’re doing it in the offseason, it’s tough to put everything in.”
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