Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ed Addie resigns as Kennedy Charter boys basketball coach

Kennedy Charter boys basketball coach Ed Addie, who led the Eagles to a 25-3 record last season, has resigned from the south Charlotte public school.

Kennedy Charter principal William Stubbs declined comment. He said an announcement regarding basketball at Kennedy Charter would be forthcoming next week.

Addie, 46, said he is looking at other opportunities.

“I have a six-year-old boy," Addie said, "and I run my youth basketball program (Queen City Athletic Associaton) and between coaching and QCAA I just never see him. And I want to spend more time with him. He’s beginning to play sports. He’s playing baseball and I missed half his games. Even during basketball season, his games were on Fridays and I missed all of his basketball games because we had games at Kennedy Charter.”

Addie said he struggled with his decision, including leaving a Kennedy Charter team that could return 11 of 12 players, including first-team All-Observer selection Donte’ Clark. Clark, a 6-foot-4 rising senior, has offers from Miami, Tennesse, Clemson and Memphis, among others.

Addie said two other players have Division I offers: rising 6-7 senior center J.J. Douglas (Gardner-Webb, Mercer) and rising 6-5 junior B.J. Gladden (11 total offers, including Cincinnati, Xavier, Alabama)

“Even though I have coaching opportunities from other schools,” Addie said, “I feel as though I may choose to stay at home and build my youth basketball program and spend time with my son.”

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love how we celebrate these kids who can't pass their classes and yet are still magically eligible to play basketball. Pretty sure I read an article last year about Clark being a rising Senior.

Anonymous said...

What happened? Is There more to this story

Anonymous said...

Of course there is more to the story and that will come out eventually. We heard the same song and dance about 'spending more time with family" and putting priorities in the right place from UF coach Wiseman and the next thing you know some genius figures out they were recruiting. Word is those kids are looking at other schools anyways and so Addie probably saw his all-star AAU team falling apart. Same story different school.

Anonymous said...

when the truth comes out Addie won't be able to get job working with anybody's child. KC better do the right thing by their children.

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely crazy! Any parents or admins out there that know what's going on here? Is he a stable coach?

Anonymous said...

Stable? He's the same as any other egotistic AAU coach. Trying to live out their dreams through young kids. Why any school would give him a chance to run a program is beyond comprehension. In the end you get what you deserve.

Anonymous said...

From a player: Kennedy Charter never made the newspaper until the Bball team came unless someone was stabbed to death and this is how they repay us? So whats the truth? I'm sure we won't find out from the Observer writer whose son plays on his AAU team.

Anonymous said...

Of course this is not the truth! Anyone who is concerned for the welfare of students deserves to know the truth and Kenedy should be shamed for not telling the truth and putting kids in harms way.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Kennedy has a time table for releasing any information on this situation. And considering that students are taking EOC's and Final Exams right now, it's probably not the best time to make a statement anyway. I'm certain that a plan must be in motion. If you don't know how schools operate then don't comment on them.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Principal you're an idiot. There is not a timetable for making emphatic and proper decisions. Your students are disturbed by your ignorance of what decision must be made. Your students are disturbed by the lack of interest in their well-being. Your students cannot concentrate during exam week because Addie's punk-ass beat you to the media with a bogus excuse for resigning. If you handled this Addie situation properly earlier your students would have closure by now.

Anonymous said...

His misconduct with minors is where it starts! He should be ashamed of using his son as an excuse he is a dead beat dad who lives a pipe dream through his team. He doesnt even make an effort to see his son and the season has been over long ago....... He needs to get a clue on life.

Anonymous said...

When are we going to know the truth from Kennedy about this? CMS is out this week, so I'm pretty sure EOCs and Finals are coming to an end. This is not a small matter. The potential welfare of children is at stake. Does Kennedy REALLY care about its students?

Anonymous said...

Well, still have not heard anything from administration and school is out. Or is it just being suppressed by his buddy Langston?

Anonymous said...

Anyone who knows Addie and his past reputation could have seen this coming. Shame on Kennedy Charter for not doing a proper background check during the hiring process, and shame on them for not exposing the truth on his departure.

Anonymous said...

I am a former player of Coach Addie and this is ridiculous. He is in no way "harming" kids in any way. Say what you want about his decision to leave after a year, call him Calipari for all anyone cares, but you have no reason to believe he is harming anyone. If you knew him you would know he is a great christian guy who cares a lot about his players. My development as a young man has a lot to do with Addie's coaching. I have zero scholarship offers and he looked out for me just as much as he did for Donte. Just because Addie coaches at a school that does not prioritize education does not mean that he does not. He once benched our best player for our whole tournament because he flunked his English final. He doesn't put up with egos either. If anyone ever talked back to Coach Addie in the huddle, they wouldn't see the floor for the rest of the game, whether they dropped 20 a game or 5 a game.

I'm not going to comment on his decision to leave, you can say what you'd like about that, but people who truly know Coach Addie hold him in the highest regard. It is difficult to sit by and watch people who have never met a man criticize his character.

Best of luck Coach Addie!
-Skaggs

Anonymous said...

He supplied alcoholic beverages to minors so it will be a while until it comes to a close.