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Slack out as St. Stephen's head coach

Feb 8, 2012 - By Randy Tucker Sports Writer

Following an incident during a Friday night basketball game between St. Stephen's and the Little Snake River boys team Eagles Head Coach Brady Slack's tenure as coach of the Eagles has ended.Slack was relieved of his duties Monday morning in a meeting with St. Stephen's High School officials. "I was released for my own personal safety," Slack said he was told by school officials.

Slack coached the Eagles during the first half Friday night but did not return to the bench after the halftime intermission.

St. Stephen's assistant coach Ricky Blackburn took over during the second half and has been named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

Game officials, two from the Riverton Association and one from the Lander Association were unaware of any incident until the game was delayed after the half. Officials said the crowd was under control, and nothing out of the ordinary appeared to be going on during the game.

Slack remained behind or on the end of the bench during the remainder of the game but did not coach the team.

"I was told to not say anything but just hang around the bench," Slack said.

The Eagle squad was reduced to seven players by Friday's game. Slack instituted new rules of conduct for the team this season. Six players either left or were suspended from the squad during the course of the season.

St. Stephen's has a record of 6-13 and a conference mark of 2-3 in the Northwest 1-A.

St. Stephen's administrators were contacted individually but declined comment on the issue.

The events surrounding Friday night's incident are under investigation by the Wyoming High School Activities Association.

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