Girls Basketball: Woodruff to stay on as Monrovia coach

**UPDATED**

In case you missed it this ran in Friday’s paper

Basil Woodruff will be retained as the head coach of Monrovia’s girls basketball program after serving a two-game suspension after an altercation with a referee that led to his ejection after an overtime loss to San Marino.

Monrovia principal Darvin Jackson made the announcement after an hour-long meeting with the first-year head coach on Thursday night. He will be with the team at 5 tonight when the Wildcats play host to Blair.

“We decided to retain him,” Jackson said. “He’s met the requirements thus far that we have set forth for him before he was to take to the court.”

Woodruff wrote letters of apology to both San Marino officials and the two referees involved in the incident.

Longtime San Gabriel Valley official Joe Conte, also a liaison to the CIF-Southern Section, has filed a report to CIF recommending that Monrovia High School suspend girls basketball coach Basil Woodruff for the rest of the season after a postgame incident last week resulted in Woodruff’s ejection.

Woodruff served the second of a two-game suspension Wednesday night against South Pasadena. Woodruff was suspended after an alleged altercation with a referee after last week’s overtime loss at San Marino resulted in his ejection by the officials. An ejection calls for an automatic postgame suspension, but Monrovia officials implemented an additional one-game suspension and still are reviewing the incident before deciding whether more action is necessary, Monrovia principal Darvin Jackson said.

Junior Diaz served as interim coach for the Wildcats.

Woodruff, in his is scheduled to return Friday against Blair, although Woodruff first must “take care of some variables” before his return is clear, Jackson explained.
Woodruff was not available for comment.

After speaking with officials involved in the incident and going over the game report, Conte explained his reasons for asking for a harsh suspension.

“As soon as the game is over, it’s procedure for the officials to stay at midcourt until the teams leave the scorer’s table,” Conte said.

“So they (officials) were waiting for the teams to clear and (Woodruff) rushed up to the official, got so close that when he got to her he was spitting at her face. I don’t know if she put a hand out or if the coach put his hand on her but there was some kind of slight contact.

“The two officials who were there to do the (boys) varsity game were sitting on the bleachers away from the action and they came rushing out there and got between them (the official and Wood- ruff) and they took the two women (officials) out to the parking lot and got them out of the gym.

“I asked that he be suspended for the year. I filed my report with CIF and they have backed my decision 100 percent. (CIF-SS assistant commissioner Rainer Wulf) did not have a problem with that last Thursday when we filed the report.”

Jackson said CIF-SS officials have not communicated with him that they back Conte’s recommendation. Monrovia athletic director Randy Bell said Wulf “did not communicate that when we spoke last week.”

An attempt was made to contact Wulf for comment, but he was out of the office because of severe weather in Los Alamitos.

Jackson said he intends to have more discussions with Woodruff, who’s in his first season with Monrovia, before the issue is resolved.

“I’m going to have a follow-up meeting with him and ask where he is at this point, and the progress of what I have asked him to do, and we will make the final decision as to where our program is going,” Jackson said.

miguel.melendez@sgvn.com

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  • Anonymous

    Fred, this topic is interesting, so Im going to weigh in.

    Regarding the coach from Monrovia (I wasnt at the game and dont know all the facts), the school is welcome to enforce their own in-house discipline, but if its first time thing, then the standard 1 game suspension (which is by CIF rule for ejection) is enough. If theres a track record of documented problems, or if theres been a previous ejection this season, or if the incident was especially bad, then I would agree with Joe Conte Sr., that the coachs season be over.

    Regarding female officials. The fact is, in this era that female officials are asking for and in some cases demanding equal standing with male officials. This means that they also have to expect and must learn to deal with the same negative situations, that male officials have gone thru for years. The penalty should not be worse for the coach if the official is a female.

    Regarding high school basketball and officiating basketball in general. Officials cant make a at times flawed product beautiful to watch with their officiating. This is the case with all levels of basketball, as they are relative to each other. If you were to keep stats on the officials calls and non-calls for the entire game, I believe that the officials, in most instances are the best team on the floor. The NBA has very thorough officiating stats and an accounting process for calls during the season. Theyve found that in a lot of cases, over the course of the entire game, that officials are correct 90+% of the time according to their scientific style guidelines. Obviously, the artistic (unexplainable) part of the game of basketball is more difficult to measure.

    Refs have simple one liners that we say to the coaches and one of the more popular lines is “coach, I need you to coach your team”. So to answer Fred’s question, the answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no. When the coaches spend too much time focusing on the refs, they’re not coaching their team. This ultimately lets their team and players down.

  • Anonymous #2

    The coach was angry because his player was fouled particularily hard; he was defending his girls. The foul should have been flagrant, and it left the girls with no more players on the bench. For around 40 seconds they had to play with 4 players. I’m not aware of the level of the contact between the coach and ref, but his anger was justified.

  • Someone who knows

    #2,

    At no time is any postgame confrontation is justified with officials in any sport, especially at the HS and youth levels.

    If the coach did contact the official(s), he very well could have been arrested for assault or battery on a sports official, as this state actually has a specific law to protect officials since too many Little League, Pop Warner, and AYSO officials were attacked during or after games.

    If it was that bad of a missed call, the two officials waiting for the next game, the coach, the school administration (principal and AD) surely would have filed reports through proper channels and hopefully the local officials association can learn from the situation. BTW, I am not a basketball official.

    As it look now, Monrovia may need a new Girls BB coach. I heard the former coach as San Gabriel may be available.

  • curious

    So how did we go from “final decision comes today” to not getting an update? If this were about Nick Bueno you would be updating it 24/7

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