November 21, 2012 | LXXII, No. 34

New boys’ basketball coach resigns

Kyle Desautel has resigned as head boys’ basketball coach at Lake Roosevelt High School.

Desautel said Tuesday that personal legal issues were pending, which could get in the way of doing the job he was hired last spring to do.

“We didn’t feel we wanted to leave the kids hanging, leadership-wise,” he said.

Athletic Director Rich Black said Desautel had made the decision last week, and formal acceptance of his resignation would go before the school board.

Desautel has filled the assistant coach position under Brad Wilson for the last six years. Wilson, now principal at the school, had stepped down, but was filling in during practice Monday.

Black said Jeff Brisebois, originally recruited to fill the assistant coach slot, would now take on the head coach role.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in him,” Desautel said of Brisebois, noting he had helped recruit him.

Black expected to have a new assistant coach soon, perhaps by Friday.

Desautel said he could not comment on his legal problems, but Black noted that a court date on a domestic matter originally set for mid-November had been postponed about a month.

“We were to the point where it wasn’t really fair any longer to the kids,” Black said.

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