Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Russell Lets Head Coach Merle Kidwell Go After Seven Years

Russell High School is letting head boy's basketball coach Merle Kidwell go after seven years with the program.

Kidwell also previously coached the Russell girl's team for five years.

Russell High School principal Anna Chaffin thanked Kidwell for his service.

Here is an excerpt from

We would like to thank coach Kidwell for his service to our boys basketball program,” wrote Anna Chaffin, Russell High School’s principal. “Russell High School will remain committed to all of our students in providing both excellence in education and athletic endeavors.”

Chaffin provided no further comment.

Kidwell served a seven-year stint as the coach, which followed a five-year stay as the girls basketball coach at Russell.

In all, Kidwell has coached basketball for 23 years, including 16 at Russell.

Kidwell met with school officials on Tuesday regarding the decision. He was “surprised” at the conclusion.

“They wanted to make a change and go in a new direction,” he said. “... From day one (of this season) to the end of this season, I thought we made progress. ... I felt like we had it going in the right direction.”

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Russell suffered a 67-55 loss to Raceland in the opening round of the 63rd District Tournament on Monday.

The Red Devils went 6-23 overall and 3-18 in the 16th Region this season.

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