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By Jeremiah Reed
Sports Editor 

Siniard Resigns As Blue Devils' Basketball Coach

 

November 23, 2017

Jeremiah Reed

David Siniard, who served as the Brevard boys' basketball coach for three seasons, resigned last Friday in order to spend more time with his family.

Citing personal reasons, Brevard High School boys' basketball coach David Siniard tendered his resignation last Friday.

Siniard took over as head coach of the Blue Devils in 2014 after the departure of Tim Trantham.

In three seasons, Brevard was 13-53 under Siniard, with the best season coming last year when the Blue Devils finished 8-17.

In a Wednesday morning interview, Siniard said he resigned to spend more time with his family following the recent death of his mother.

"I teach my kids that I coach that family is number one, school is number two and sports is number three. I loved my mother more than anything in the world. I love my dad and I need to spend more time with him. I need to spend more time with my wife and I'm going to be a granddad in May. Family is always number one and I felt this was the right time," he said.

Brevard's season-opener against North Henderson last Thursday came one day after his mother's death.

Siniard said it wasn't easy coaching that game and didn't feel he was able to perform up to his personal standards.

Stepping down as head coach was a hard decision, but he said it was the right thing to do.

"It was tough telling the guys. I've got a great group of kids and I wanted them to have somebody that physically, mentally and socially was into it," Siniard said.

Taking over for Siniard will be assistant coach Jonathan Owen.

Owen is a former Brevard High graduate and played for the Blue Devils under Trantham.

Siniard spoke highly of Owen and voiced his confidence that he will lead the team in the right direction.

"J.O. is a wonderful young man and has a great basketball knowledge. He understands the game and will bring a little more youth to the game. He's going to do a great job," he said.

Owen said it was a bit of a whirlwind experience taking over the head coaching job on such short notice, but despite a few jitters, he is excited about the opportunity.

"There is a little bit of nervousness, but I think that's a good thing. The pressure is on and it's time to go to work. I'm excited. It's a great group of young men that I know are going to play hard and I've got a great staff that I know is going to get them prepared," Owen said.

Succeeding Siniard as head coach certainly wasn't something he expected under these circumstances, but Owen said the two had previously discussed him inheriting the position.

"Years ago, when (Siniard) ended up getting the job he always said, 'J.O., one day when I give this up I want this to be yours,'" Owen said, adding that Siniard taught him being a coach extends beyond the X's and O's.

"He's been such a positive mentor to me. He's really taught me a lot, not only about the game of basketball, but how to communicate with kids and how to mentor kids. It's not just about basketball. It's about developing kids socially and academically," he said.

Brevard athletic director Mick Galloway also heaped praise on Siniard for his work in developing athletes on the court while also helping those in need off the court.

"Coach Siniard has been a staple in the Brevard community for many years serving as a teacher, coach, mentor, student advocate and father figure to many of our district's children. His love and passion for helping others have positively impacted many lives and Brevard High School is sincerely grateful for coach Siniard's dedication over the years," he said.

Siniard has served as a student advocate and graduation coach at Davidson River School over the past few years, working primarily with at-risk youth and their families.

He plans to continue that work, as Transylvania School Superintendent Jeff McDaris gave him some additional flexibility, allowing him to do more direct outreach in the community.

"I'm going to be working with families in need, children in need and parents in need. That's what I really want to concentrate on and that's what my mom always taught me – to help people in need," Siniard said.

 
 

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