HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The coach of the Central Dauphin East girls’ basketball team says he’s stepping down.
In a statement emailed by the Central Dauphin School District, Larry Moore said his decision was voluntary.
Moore’s announcement Tuesday came the day after a school board meeting where a parent asked why a visiting coach, Darrick Dixon, was allowed to interact with the team despite his criminal background.
Dixon, a former Williamsport High School girls’ basketball coach, was sentenced in 2002 to 11½ to 23 months in prison and three years probation after he pleaded no contest to charges he had sex with one of his players.
The full-text of Moore’s statement follows:
“After a period of consideration and reflection, I have made the voluntary choice to relinquish my position as the Girls’ Basketball Coach for Central Dauphin East. In doing so, I wish to make a few things clear.
First, I am making this voluntary choice because I respect the players and the program which we have tried to build too much to have their focus sidetracked by the current controversy that several individuals have tried to generate.
Second, I am doing so because I am secure in the knowledge that I have tried to teach players how to compete the right way and how to demand the best of themselves and their teammates. Thanks to our work together, we have had great success and no individual or group of individuals can undo the work we’ve done to set the program on the right track.
Third, I am doing this because, as any number of high school coaches can testify, the atmosphere surrounding scholastic athletics has unfortunately become toxic. I have had a great relationship with the District and with the athletes on my teams. People who are not part of that relationship, who were not in the huddle or at practice simply do not have the facts necessary to make a judgment about that relationship and yet, they often do.
I will always be proud of the good work we’ve done together as Panthers.”