Rosepine Lady Eagles Basketball Head Coach Taylor Maricle has resigned from her position. Her abrupt departure came just one day before her team was set to play in the Class 2A State Semifinals.
Although there has been rumor and speculation as to why she left, multiple sources are reporting that she left the team for “personal reasons."
There were initial claims that she had been fired but according to the Vernon Parish School Board that is not the case.
“We live in a time where Facebook and social media can cause a lot of trouble,” said VPSB Assistant Superintendent Mike Kay. “She was not fired, and I don’t know where people are getting the idea that she was. She left for personal reasons.”
It has also been noted that although Maricle acted as the team's head coach, LHSAA officially lists her as an assistant coach. Her leaving shocks many as the Lady Eagles have had a great deal of success this year under her leadership. The Lady Eagles reached the Semifinals for the first time since 1979.
On Thursday, March 1st the Lady Eagles fell to the No.2 ranked Lake Arthur 62-41. Although there has been no official announcement of who will fill Maricles position, Gary Hahler served as an interim coach during the Semifinal game.
“I think we’ve known our girls have had it in them all along,” Hahler said. “A lot of people discounted us and said we couldn’t do it. We played some very good teams early in the year, teams that made the playoffs in other classifications. We took our lumps early, but our girls gelled toward the end of the year.”
Hahler noted that the excitement of getting to play in the semifinals caused some nervousness among the team. “This was the first time we’ve been to the playoffs in 40-plus years,” Hahler said. “I think going into the game that the girls were a little bit nervous. They’ve never played in front of a crowd like this or played on a floor like this. I think there were some jitters.
Taylor Maricle could not be reached for comment.