Nevins hearing tonight canceled
ROARING SPRING — By the time the Spring Cove School Board voted unanimously Monday night to reinstate Reggie Nevins as assistant baseball coach for the remainder of the season, it was already over.
Nevins and assistant basketball coach Paul Frederick had made it to Central’s playoff game with Forest Hills earlier in the day, but the 2019 season was nearly over as the Scarlet Dragons were in the third inning of their five-inning, season-ending loss to the Rangers.
The Spring Cove School Board also canceled a public hearing scheduled for tonight to help decide the fate of Nevins, the longtime Central High School boys basketball coach.
“I was asked this morning if there were some compromises we could do so we didn’t have to do the hearing,” Nevins said. “I think it could have gotten nasty and not good for either side, so I suggested things I needed done, they agreed to them, and we reached an agreement.”
When asked if this meant the boys basketball coaching job Nevins has held for 27 years is now open, Spring Cove School District Superintendent Betsy Baker pointed out, “All (coaching) positions open at the end of the season.”
Baker said she couldn’t comment further on Nevins’ status with the district but said it was the district’s policy that all coaches reapply each year for the positions.
Nevins explained every coach is under a one-year contract, and at the end of a typical season, he’s gotten a letter asking whether he was planning on coaching the next season. Usually, after a signature, the coach returns. Nevins said he was under the impression if he does wish to return, he’ll have to interview.
“It’s still up in the air (whether Nevins will apply), and I’m still under contract for basketball through the summer,” Nevins said. “I want to enjoy some things I could have been doing the last few months and get our summer program set up. They said they’ll base the hiring on the person who merits the position. It’s something our family will discuss on what direction we’ll take.”
The Board voted unanimously to reinstate Nevins to the assistant baseball position per an agreement that the Board and administration did not provide details about.
“It’s something I’ve been involved with my whole life,” Nevins said. “I’m just a coach, and that’s what I’ve done my whole life. I give my best effort, and in our community, basketball is important to a lot of people. The support I got is overwhelming, and I can only say thank you to the people who supported me and my family. I have so much gratitude for all the support.”
Nevins also mentioned a recent discussion with District 6 basketball co-chairman Bill Marshall.
“He says they had a meeting, and that one day between games was a mistake and that it wouldn’t happen again,” Nevins said.
“I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but that’s basically what he said. I don’t want to say they made a mistake, but he said that Huntingdon’s and us both had a reason to be concerned and that it wouldn’t happen again. If anything good came out of this, it’s that my concern for our student athletes has been addressed. If it involves me in the future, it does, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”
Michael Boytim contributed to this story.