BREAKING NEWS: Blair’s Gamal Smalley resigns

Gamal Smalley confirmed moments ago he has resigned as Blair’s boys basketball coach. “We had a parting of the ways last week,” he said. “We had a mutual agreement with (Blair) principal Rich Boccia to seek an opportunity somewhere else.” Smalley spent two seasons coaching the Vikings and a year and a half as the school’s athletic director. Smalley requested a meeting with Boccia at the end of the season and was granted a meeting last week. “We sat down and he informed me that he decided to move in a different direction,” Smalley said. “It was understandable. He told me he’s doing a lot of reorganization within the school and athletic departments.” Boccia did not return a message seeking comment. Smalley tookver a Vikings program that went 0-10 in league the previous season and had won just two games the year before. “I was really happy with what we were able to do there,” Smalley said. “It was a gigantic task.” Smalley suggested that the school needed to find a full-time person on staff to make it work. “You have to have people on campus but in that particular (post) they need someone full-time that’s there,” he said. Blair went 13-10 this season and missed the playoffs after a fourth-place finish in the Rio Hondo League.

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