BREAKING: Lumpkin girls basketball coach David Dowse resigns
As of Sunday evening, sources indicated that David Dowse, head coach of the Lumpkin County Lady Indians basketball team, has resigned, effective immediately. The shocking news comes after a win yesterday for the #1-ranked Lady Indians, as they moved to 2-0 on the young season.
Dowse led Lumpkin County to a region championship, 25 wins, #1 state ranking, and a Final Four appearance in 2020-21, and over his time since 2017-18, has turned the Lady Indians into a force. Dowse has gone 68-40 in 4-plus seasons over the Lady Indians. That includes state playoff trips in each of the past 2 seasons, and now 4 straight seasons of holding a state ranking.
Dowse’s statement is below, and Lumpkin County principal Billy Kirk told BLITZ that the team, after a meeting with parents and players, had a great practice in preparation for playing Buford on Monday at Jefferson in a heavyweight bout. According to Kirk, the team played hard in practice for an hour and half and had a great practice. Lumpkin County has a plan in place to get through this week, and an announcement of who will handle head coaching duties will come early next week.
COACH DOWSE’S ANNOUNCEMENT
Dowse provided the following statement given to Lumpkin County:
” At 4:30 this afternoon, I officially resigned my position as head coach of the Lumpkin WBB program. The decision came after some soul searching and prayer and was 100% my decision. I was in no way, shape, or form influenced or coerced by anyone affiliated with the Lumpkin County School System.
I’m sure that most will never understand how I could walk away from the #1 ranked team in GA…a young and talented group. For me, the answer lies in the fact that TEAM success is irrelevant and unrewarding if accomplished without the right core values. The things that I hold dear and those which, in my mind, make coaching team sports special have deteriorated to the point where I can no longer justify the time and effort and frustrations of “fighting the good fight.”
For me, the concept of TEAM > me is simply non-negotiable. When that message is met with resistance on multiple levels, effective leadership is no longer feasible. And so I’ve chosen to walk away.”