Santa Fe makes coaching change

Daryl Turpin has resigned as boys basketball coach at Santa Fe after two seasons, athletics director Greg Lusk confirmed Tuesday.

“We appreciate coach Turpin for his hard work and thank him for his dedication to our program over the last two years,” Lusk said in an e-mail to The Daily Herald. “As of now, coach Turpin plans to continue teaching at Santa Fe.”

Over Turpin’s two seasons, the Wildcats won once — a 57-50 victory on Dec. 29, 2016, over Frank Hughes. The team has lost its last 31 games.

“I was very happy with the progress; even though we didn’t win any games, I thought we played great team ball, particularly toward the end,” the 48-year-old Turpin said. “I just don’t have that passion for it. I’ve coached 22 years. The enjoyment is not like it was when I first started.

“It’s not the community, the students. The kids are great. It’s just time for me.”

Brad Slaughter, who has coached the Santa Fe middle school program the past three seasons, will take over at the high school level, according to Lusk. Rodney Adams, an assistant under Slaughter, will serve as the middle school head coach with Slaughter assisting him in addition to his high school duties.

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