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May 14, 2014

Bond out at Bray-Doyle schools

BRAY — Doug Bond will not return as athletic director of Bray-Doyle High School after the school year ends today and Assistant Athletic Director Lee Bluejacket will be recommended for the position, Superintendent David Eads  said Tuesday.

Eads did not say whether Bond resigned or retired.

Bond became the subject of controversy in February when three members of the basketball team alleged he instructed the players in how to injure their opponents. Bond denied the allegation and Eads said an investigation did not substantiate the claims.

Even so, Eads said Tuesday, “He is finished with Bray-Doyle.”

Bond did not return telephone calls from The Banner.

The school board, in its meeting on Tuesday night, approved leasing the school district-owned home in which Bond once resided to  Assistant Athletic Director Lee Bluejacket.

Eads said he will recommend Bluejacket be named athletic director for the 2014-15 school year.

“He cares about the students, and he puts a lot of effort into whatever he does,” Eads said. “He’s an upstanding and honest guy, who has the students’ best interest at heart.”

Bluejacket’s motto is to win everything. After the school had one win in football, three in boys basketball and four in baseball, Bluejacket said he expects improvement.

“Bray-Doyle is going to change as far as the attitude and commitment from not only the athletes but the parents and the coaches and kids,” Bluejacket said. “There’s no more going through the motions and showing up expecting a participation award.”

“Even if it’s a mascot challenge, a basketball or baseball game, softball, football or band, no matter what it is, we’re going to try to win everything. That’s the type of attitude we’re going to instill in our kids, and they’ve got to do it.”

Bluejacket takes a hard stance on the matter even saying if athletes are not interested in this new outlook for Bray-Doyle, they might want to start looking at other schools.

 “It’s kind of a bold statement that may rub people the wrong way, but that’s how we feel as an administration here,” Bluejacket said. “Everybody’s tired of only winning one game in football or two to three games in basketball. Never seeing any postseason in any sport that we do.”

Bluejacket believes the current coaches have bought into that mentality. Any coaches he brings in, he wants to have that mentality also. He wants the coaches to be sold on improving Bray-Doyle and not just focused on getting a paycheck or getting onto another job.

“It’s been a long time since Bray-Doyle had success overall in athletics,” Bluejacket said. “Everybody around here parents, kids, coaches, teachers, administration, school board and everybody wants that to happen.”

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