July 30, 2014

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High school basketball: Andy Bastock won’t return to Lorain

Andy Bastock parlayed a successful high school playing career into a head coaching career, all in his native Lorain.

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He led the Lorain High varsity boys basketball team for the past three years, but was told that his coaching contract will not be renewed.

Lorain City Schools, on the recommendation of athletic director Bryan Koury and the approval of Superintendent Tom Tucker, will be seeking a new boys coach for the first time since Admiral King and Southview merged.

“The decision was recently made to move in a different direction with the boys basketball program at Lorain High School,” Koury said in a statement released Tuesday. “We thank Coach Bastock for his hard work and dedication to the program and wish him the best of luck moving forward. The athletic department and entire Lorain community greatly appreciates all that he has done for Lorain City Schools and its basketball program.”

Koury said Bastock was informed of the decision last week.

“It is with great regret that my tenure as the Lorain High School basketball coach has come to an end,” Bastock said in an email. “I am extremely grateful for my seven years of head coaching in Lorain City Schools with both Southview High School and Lorain High School. I am proud of the accomplishments of all of the teams I have had the privilege of coaching, however, the 2012-13 team stood above the rest as they were an extremely great group of young men to work with.

“They were a very hard working group of young players that were a pleasure to coach and exceeded all preseason expectations. I believe I set the stage for this group of players to achieve great success and I wish them all the best in their future endeavors both on and off the basketball court. I will look forward to watching these exceptional young men grow and learn.”

This year’s Titans, despite finishing 11-13, made a run to the Division I district semifinals at Midview with two playoff wins and came within three points of upsetting the top-seeded and eventual district champion Brecksville Bees.

Koury said he couldn’t elaborate more on the decision.

“Ultimately, I know what you know, and I’m not really allowed to say much more than that,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Genuinely, we appreciate everything that Andy’s done for Lorain and the boys basketball program over the last few years. I wish I could give you more.”

Prior to coaching the Titans, Bastock was the Southview coach for four years, succeeding Koury upon his promotion to athletic director in 2006-07.

Bastock has an 82-72 career record — 46-39 at Southview and 36-33 at Lorain. He also spent time as an assistant coach at Admiral King, Lorain Catholic and Southview.

Bastock was one of the top high school players in Lorain history, splitting his career between Southview and Lorain Catholic. He was a four-year starter and became the Spartans’ third all-time leading scorer with 1,196 points despite only playing there two seasons. He scored 1,615 points during his high school career.

Bastock earned a Division I basketball scholarship to Bradley University, and was inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Bastock’s inflammatory comments about the officiating after the Titans’ 63-60 loss to Brecksville did not factor into the decision. Koury would not comment on that directly, but Bastock confirmed that he was told it was not a factor.

Bastock said he would like to return to coaching, and is still a math teacher in the Lorain system.

“I am sad that my coaching time has come to an end with Lorain City Schools as I would have liked to continue my commitment to the kids of Lorain and thought I was deserving of the opportunity to do so,” he said. “I am proud of my accomplishments and winning record as a coach for Lorain City Schools, proud to have represented Lorain High School, proud to have been instrumental in the merging of two rival teams and proud to have represented the city of Lorain.

“However, the winds of change have blown and I look forward to new coaching opportunities in the future. I am anxious and excited to see where I may land.”

Koury said Lorain City Schools has begun the process to find a replacement for Bastock. He would not elaborate on any potential candidates.

“There is a process that we must follow which begins with the posting of the position internally to all Lorain City Schools bargaining members,” Koury said. “This will be done by the end of this week. There is no timetable at this point as to when we anticipate having the position filled.

“I have to go through the process a certain way both internally and through the Ohio regulations and we’ll see where it leads us.”

Koury denied a rumor that varsity girls basketball coach Mark Feldmann also would not have his contract renewed.

“In no way shape or form is that true,” he said. “He only had one returning player this past season and the rest were up from the JV, and I felt they were competitive the entire year. I think he did a great job with what he had. I don’t know where that rumor came from, and it’s been circulating around this town for awhile, but Mark Feldmann is not going anywhere.”

Contact Dan Gilles at 329-7135 or dangilles73@gmail.com.