John Blake says basketball is still his first love and will always be "a part of me," but for now he is handing over the boys varsity basketball program at Mervo High to Woody Williams, the former coach of Lake Clifton.
Blake said yesterday that Williams, who became the school's athletic director this fall, approached him a couple of weeks ago about coaching the team.
After a meeting with Williams and school principal Christolyne Buie, Blake voluntarily stepped aside.
"This was an in-house decision between the principal Woody and myself," said Blake, who also coaches the school's varsity football team. "Personally I would like to keep it as in-house. Basketball is still my first love and will always be a part of me. I may bounce back and coach again. Right now I am not the head coach nor am I going to coach junior varsity."