Nash Central baseball coach Jeff Mizelle has been suspended for the remainder of the season by Nash Central High School.
Schools officials, including principal Craig Harris and athletics director Tony High, declined comment Friday as to why Mizelle was suspended.
Mizelle had no comment when reached by phone Friday afternoon.
Harris said that he has no timetable for releasing a statement and, because it was a personnel matter, that information isn’t always disclosed to the public.
Assistant coach Buck Edmondson will take over on an interim basis. He coached the Bulldogs to a 10-0 victory against Wilson Fike on Thursday.
“I really like our attitude and the way we came out (Thursday) night,” Edmondson said. “We really played with a lot of spirit. I just felt like it was the exact opposite from the day before at Rocky Mount. I think how the boys responded (Thursday) answered a lot of questions.”
The Bulldogs (9-10, 6-2 Big East) practiced Friday in an extremely relaxed fashion. Edmondson was in Tennessee on Friday because of a pre-planned vacation, and assistant coach Zach Boyette ran practice. Players laughed and joked as they went through drills without a ball for approximately 10 minutes. The rest of practice was nearly as laid back.
Nash Central is currently in second place in the Big East Conference, but could play Wilson Hunt, the first-place team in the conference, for the Big East title should both teams win Tuesday. Nash Central lost to Wilson Hunt earlier this season, but the two teams have identical conference records.
The two teams will play at 7 p.m. Thursday in Wilson.
Mizelle’s status will be re-visited by school officials after the season, High said.
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