MATTOON — Mattoon High School officially relieved Josh Forsythe of head coaching duties of the Green Wave varsity boys’ basketball team. The reasons for removing Forsythe from his position, with less than a week before the team’s first game, were not released by the school district.
According to a release, assistant coach Ryan Ghere is the interim head coach for the Green Wave.
On Wednesday, the Mattoon school district posted a release on its website.
The release said “Mattoon High School officials announce that long-time teacher and varsity soccer coach, Ryan Ghere, will serve as the interim head varsity basketball coach for the 2017-18 season.
“As with any personnel matter, district officials cannot make further comments regarding the coaching change at this time.
“Coach Ghere, an MHS graduate and former player, brings many years of success in the classroom and athletic arena to the boys basketball program.
“We wish Coach Ghere and the basketball team success as they open the season at the St. Anthony tournament from Nov. 20-25.”
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Ghere is the head boys’ and girls’ soccer coach at MHS. Ghere has won more than 200 matches as the head coach of the boys’ soccer team, and the Green Wave have won four regional titles, including one this season, since the 2012 season.
Ghere served as an assistant coach for the MHS varsity team last season.
Forsythe served as the varsity boys’ basketball head coach for the past five seasons before being removed from the position. Last season the Green Wave finished with an 8-21 record, the worst record of Forsythe’s tenure.
Mattoon went 56-84 in Forsythe’s five seasons. Mattoon’s most successful season under Forsythe was in 2013-14 when the Green Wave went 13-12. It was the only season the Green Wave finished with a record of .500 or better in his tenure, but it was also the first winning season in the program since the 1991-92 season.
Mattoon went 10-18 in Forsythe’s first season, then 13-12 in his second season. In 2014-15, the Green Wave were 11-18 and then 14-15 in 2015-16 before last season’s eight-win campaign.
Mattoon’s first game is at the St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Effingham St. Anthony High School at 8 p.m.