WILLISTON, ND – Rex Causey was fired from his job as a girls basketball coach at Williston High School after being hired last year to run the program.
In its debut season, the Lady Coyotes were unsuccessful, edging out 1,606 to 674. It was announced earlier this month that due to the low number of players, Williston would not have a squad. university.
However, an ongoing investigation into Causey’s coaching behavior may also play a role in this decision.
Causey was investigated twice by human resources and former superintendent Jeff Thake at the end of the season. The district has received numerous complaints from players and parents accusing Causey of being inappropriately, emotionally abusive and intimidating in nature. Causey said during the investigation that there have been a lot of communication issues throughout the season.
Both reports said Causey did not violate any policies. In the HR report, it is stated that “there is a lot of angst among the players and the team could benefit from Mr. Causey incorporating more team building exercises”, and that “Mr. Causey needs to clearly communicate to his players and parents throughout the season what his expectations are for the player, parents, team and himself.
As to why Causey was taken out this month, Director of Operations Robert Conley said, “It is in the best interest of our women’s basketball program that a change of coach is made.
Conley did not comment on the investigations.
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