TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Le’Sean Marks is stepping down as head boys’ basketball and track and field coach at Ironwood Ridge. Marks had coached the Nighthawks’ hoopsters for just one season (9-16).
He announced his resignation in a tweet on Friday.
“There are so many memorable moments that happened within the short time that I was there,” Marks tweeted. “From buzzer beating baskets on the court to state champions on the track every memory is cherished.”
The Amphitheater School district released this statement concerning Marks’ departure:
We are not able to comment on personnel matters whether they be volunteer or paid personnel. Amphitheater Public Schools will no longer be associated with Coach Marks. We are looking forward to new opportunities with the IRHS basketball and track teams.
A letter sent to basketball and track parents on Friday by Ironwood Ridge High School indicates Marks’ decision to not return may have been initiated by the school.
In light of some information brought to our attention, we have decided to take our boys’ basketball (and track and field) program in a different direction. Rest assured, there was nothing that required police intervention.
The district says Marks was a volunteer coach and that there is no formal resignation or dismissal process for coaches on volunteer status.
The 1st-time head coach was attempting to turn around a program that has struggled since Brian Peabody left for Pima College after the 2013 season.
Peabody had winning seasons in all six of his years leading the Nighthawks, including bringing home a state championship in 2008.
IRHS has had three coaches (Mark Felix, Nick Widera and Marks) since Peabody departed and have missed the state playoffs the last five seasons.