Jay Foreman said he remains puzzled as to why he is no longer the girls basketball coach at Evergreen High School.
He is, however, thrilled to be the new girls basketball coach at Madison High School in Portland.
It has been a wild couple of weeks for Foreman, who had been Evergreen’s coach since the 2009-10 season.
“I was never told why,” Foreman said, regarding the school’s decision to not renew his coaching contract.
“I was called into the AD’s office. ‘We want to go into a new direction.’ That was it,” Foreman said.
Foreman noted that coaches have little say in these matters. High school coaching contracts are year-to-year.
“They don’t have to explain themselves, and they didn’t,” Foreman said.
A call to Evergreen athletic director Keenan Burris was not returned prior to publication.
Foreman did acknowledge that his program recently self-reported a violation for “coaching out of season.” He said he was on the bench for the “last five minutes” of a spring game, tending to an injured player, and he noted he did shout instructions to the players in the game while he was there.
Foreman said he had three coaching offers in the days following his exit from Evergreen, and he opted to coach in Oregon.
“It’s nice to feel valued and appreciated,” Foreman said.