Ferndale Athletic Director Vic Randall in a radio interview with KPUG on Thursday, April 23, confirmed boys’ basketball coach Monte Walton has resigned from his position.
Walton, who replaced Scott Larabee in 2011, compiled a 49-44 record in four seasons. He guided his teams to Class 3A District Tournament berths each year, but was never able to advance the Golden Eagles to the state tournament.
Walton book-ended two strong seasons around back-to-back sub-.500 campaigns. Ferndale’s best season under Walton came during the coach’s first year, when Ferndale ended its season after going 2-2 in the district tournament and finished 17-8.
The Golden Eagles tied for fifth in the Northwest Conference last winter, finishing 15-8 overall and ending their season following a 1-2 district tournament.
Neither Randall or Walton immediately returned phone calls, but Randall, during his interview with KPUG, discussed Walton’s resignation.
“Monte has given us a good four years and has done a great job with a lot of different things,” Randall said. “He is the most organized coach I have ever seen, and then this last five or six months we were having conversations, conversations dealing with communication and those sort of things, and Monte made a decision here this last week to resign his head coaching position at Ferndale High School.”
Randall said he didn’t recognize any bad feelings between the two and was “shell shocked for a while” at Walton’s decision. The Ferndale AD did hint at communication barriers as possibly contributing to Walton’s choice to resign.
Assistant coaches will be running spring and summer basketball programs, Randall said. He also detailed what traits Ferndale is looking for in its next coach.
“What we’d really like to do and what we are going to do, it’s really important that we get a coach that is a very good communicator, that kids like and I think that is the very important thing to us, and we also want somebody who is very knowledgeable at basketball, that can do the Xs and Os with the particular coaches we have in this league.”