Girls Basketball Coach Callan joins Jones in leaving New Hartford

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - After a Friday which saw head football coach Bob Jones resign, long time New Hartford girls basketball coach Mike Callan also stepped down, citing 'philosophical differences' with the athletic administration.

Callan spoke with NEWSChannel 2 by phone on Saturday, saying "I leave with a sad heart, but my head held high.  It's a sad day for New Hartford sports."

He said that both coaches tried to give their resignations on Tuesday, but that Superintendent Bob Nole and the school board wouldn't accept them.  Callan, like Jones on Friday, told us that he's firmly behind Nole and the board and that it was a hard decision to make.

"The saddest thing is the kids," Callan said.  "When they all found out they were upset.  But I would volunteer to help as a coach in the future."

Jones and Callan combined have more than thiry years of coaching experience.  Callan coached New Hartford girls basketball for fourteen years, winning 215 games, six Tri-Valley League titles, one Section III title, along with a regional and state final four appearance.

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