CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Catholic is accepting resumes for the position of head girls basketball coach.
After one season, Paul Sutherland is out as the coach of the Fighting Irish. The former Winfield coach guided Catholic to a 9-16 record this past season, but advanced to the region co-finals, one win away from the state tournament.
It was a tough season for the Irish, who lost two starters to knee injuries before the season started and another during the season. In addition, Sutherland and his staff sat out several games as Catholic Principal Debra Sullivan reviewed possible Secondary School Activities Commission violations. After Sullivan turned in her findings to the SSAC, Sutherland was put on probation.
"He brought energy to the program but sometimes the match just isn't quite right,'' said Sullivan when reached by phone Tuesday night.
"I have nothing critical to say. I've been at the school a long time, you know what's working and what's not working. We came to an agreement. He stepped in and that's not always easy. I admired his determination and enthusiasm.''
Sutherland compiled a 159-43 record in eight seasons at Winfield, guiding the Generals to two Class AA state titles. A full-time real estate agent, Sutherland was bumped from his position at Winfield during the summer of 2008 when a teacher, Tim Toler, applied and was granted the job.
"At Catholic I'm like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole,'' Sutherland said. "It's a different kind of person. It's kind of different there. In a way I'm disappointed and in a way I'm not. There's no wars, no explanations.
"I was trying to see if we could work it out. I don't fit in there. I think the parents and kids are kind of disappointed and surprised. They have a chance to be really good if they work hard. Kids who had never played before made progress. It was a tough year for everybody.''