Kitchen submitted his letter of resignation to the Green Board of Education on Monday night. In that letter, Kitchen said that his resignation would be effective at the end of the season but he gave the board the option of replacing him if they chose to do so.
Ron Lindsey, superintendent of Green Local Schools, said the board voted 4-1 to accept the resignation immediately. School Board President Dave Sparks quoted Kitchen’s letter.
“'I wish to resign as boys head basketball coach effective at the end of the current season or before if the board has someone they want to step in and finish the season, which would be greatly appreciated,'” Sparks read from the letter.
Sparks said the board understood the letter to mean Kitchen wanted to resign as soon as possible.
“Our thought on that was we thought if we could find someone else, he would like for that resignation to be as soon as possible,” Sparks added.
According to Sparks and Lindsey, at the present time no new coach has been hired because the job has to be posted for five days.
A junior high coach, Bobby Blanton, coached the team in a 68-37 loss to East on Tuesday.
Lindsey declined to comment on the coaching situation except to confirm the board’s vote and to confirm that the team was using interim coaches, though he didn’t say who.
Calls to school board member Kevin Lewis and athletic dicrector Joe Salyers seeking comment for this story were unsuccesful.
Officials did not comment on the reason for the resignation. Kitchen was criticized early in the season by some parents in the school district over a controversial decision to cut several players from the team.
"The biggest thing that got me, is it was much more of a problem dealing with the public down there than it was the kids," Kitchen said. "I felt the public was never going to let anyone do what they needed to to change the program."