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April 11, 2014

Donkeys hire new basketball coach

BRAY — Doug Bond has been replaced as Bray-Doyle’s boys basketball coach, two school district officials said Thursday.

Bond, who is still on staff at the school as the athletic director, was criticized in February by three of his players who said he instructed them to injure opponents.

Bond denied the allegation. Bray-Doyle superintendent David Eads said an investigation didn’t substantiate the claims made by the players.

The Bray-Doyle school district also has named football coach Lee Bluejacket as the assistant athletic director.

He and Bond will work cooperatively to run the district’s athletic programs, Eads said.

However, Eads also said there is a possibility Bond may take the rest of his sick days to take the rest of the school year off. Should he decide to do that, Eads said Bluejacket will be the acting athletic director.

The new boys basketball coach is Jeremy Watson, who comes to the school after serving in the same position at Paoli High School.

Bluejacket is excited about the hiring and anticpates good things from Watson.

“He got his kids to where they do the fundamentals,” Bluejacket said. “I know that he runs a very strict program and has his kids do the right things.”

Bray-Doyle finished 3-13 in Bond’s only season as head coach. It lost 69-22 in the first round of the Class A state playoffs.

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