By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dexter Dreadnaught boys basketball team will have a new head coach next year.
Around 2 p.m. on Apr. 8, Dexter Superintendent Chris Timmis called now former basketball coach Tim Cain. When Cain returned his call after getting out of work, he was told the news.
“He told me they’re basically looking to make a change,” said Cain, who came to Dexter for his second stint before the 2015-16 season, hired to replace former head coach Tim Fortescue. “I was shocked, wasn’t really seeing that. I thought we had three fairly successful seasons, faced a lot of adversity last year.”
At 3:54 p.m. on Apr. 8 the twitter handle for the Dexter boys basketball team, ran by Cain, sent out a tweet of the change.
At the moment, it is unclear what the future is for the rest of the staff. Cain told The
“We were blindsided,” said Hamilton, who was contacted by Cain shortly after Cain’s phone call with Timmis. “We were shocked. This morning as were texting back and forth, getting started with spring workouts, we were excited
Freshman head coach and varsity assistant Koji Vroom
“We got it out of the blue,” said Vroom on the news. “(Cain) got the voicemail, as far as I know, with no prior conversations. Nothing like that. When he said that, I didn’t believe it. It seemed crazy to me.”
“Shocked,” said Drew Bishop, a graduate from last year’s team, on his reaction when he heard the news. “Especially as the reason for their firing was to find better coaches. Cain was one of the only coaches ever at Dexter to beat the Ypsilanti Grizzles and contend for a conference title. He came into Dexter right away setting up a foundation that if players and parents of Dexter would buy into, Dexter would be a successful program for years to come. That foundation was toughness, grit, and having a team lead by its own players.”
Cain and Hamilton like to joke around with each other, the result of working together for that long. Hamilton told The
“I thought he just wanted me to call back quick,” said Hamilton. “I was shocked. I was confused on the reasoning that we were told by Timmis, it didn’t make sense. It was a sad moment. Yes, we understood we had a bad year. Last year? One game out of winning a league title. We beat Ypsilanti, the first team to do so in like five years,
As the day went on, the coaches were in touch with players, current and former, as well as opposing coaches and parents.
“The first thing I wanted to do, I wanted to meet with them,” said Cain about informing his players when he was told the news. “But it’s gonna get out, a small town like Dexter. I wanted to
“I was in the weight room,” said Dreadnaught sophomore Colin Parachek, a forward on the team this year, on where he was when he heard the news. “I was completely shocked. He cares about as basketball players a lot, but I learned he really cares about us as people and as men.”
“A bunch of players met and talked with (coach) Koji after school today trying to figure out the whole situation,” said Parachek on Apr. 9. “We were definitely shocked and trying to figure out everything that was happening.”
“For me, this year is my first year working in the school,” said Vroom, who got a
Vroom told The
“(Cain) was the coach that gave me my chance to get started with coaching,” said Vroom. “Absolutely a mentor figure for me. As far as coaching goes, almost like a father figure in a way. He’s basically taught me a huge majority of what I know about coaching and helped me develop in 2 years as a coach. For me, that’s a huge hit.”
On Apr. 9, support and confusion continued to circulate on social media.
Timmis sent a statement to The
“With regard to the decision to change the varsity boys basketball coach, it was not
Cain came back to Dexter from Belleville, where he was the head coach of boys junior varsity for two years. In his first stint with the
Prior to that, he had
In his four years as head coach, Cain went 42-43 overall and 22-24 in
“His work ethic,” Vroom answered when asked what the program will lose in Cain. “I think what a lot of players learned to see is that we’ve got a coach that’s putting all this time in. We owe it to ourselves to mimic that. It was a lead by example sort of thing. He was such a competitor. He was such a hard worker in his job, that the players just often times fell in line and to lead by example.
“I think, one of the former players, Brady Rosen said it best to me,” added Vroom. “He was like, ‘He really helped that class,’ and him, as an individual just grow a lot by leading by example and really building a culture that I can only hope continues.”
“It’s just relationships with the kids,” said Cain on what he’ll miss the most about coaching at Dexter. “To develop them and not see them through is really difficult.”
“We sit as a coaching staff every year and say where are we at? Are we the right coaches for the program? I don’t think we’ve ever been as excited as we were for the next year, never really lost as a coaching staff before, and it humbled us. A lot of support from coaches in the league, parents, the texts from the alumni are touching and lets you know you’re doing things the right way. Dexter’s looking for something else,
On Apr. 10, Cain issued statements which Timmis and athletic director Mike Bavineau responded to.