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Posted: March 12, 2014 3:10 p.m.

Alcovy coach formally resigns

Anthony Banks/

Alcovy boys basketball coach Jabari Levi formally resigned from his post in late February, the school system announced this week.

After months of turmoil, Alcovy boys varsity basketball coach Jabari Levi has resigned from his head coaching position with the Tigers.

Levi’s official resignation was dated Feb. 28, but the Newton County School system officially released an updated list of resignations.

Levi departed the Alcovy program in early January with a 1-11 overall record, citing personal health reasons.

The Tigers were led by interim coach Eric Hollier for the final half of the season.

Levi earned one win while leading the Tigers, a 75-73 road victory over Druid Hills. Alcovy finished the season with a 2-24 overall record, falling to rival Newton in the first round of the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament.

Alcovy Athletic Director Gabe Burnett said, "Right now, we are in the process of looking for a new coach and we have received interest from coaches about the position. We’re currently looking through our lists of candidates and are trying to get geared up for the upcoming year.”

The new hire would be the Tigers’ third in the last three seasons after Levi replaced former coach Eugene Brown last spring.

“We are really looking at candidates who can build a program,” Burnett said. “We’re not looking for someone that thinks season to season – we want a program that can withstand.”

Before joining the Alcovy program, Levi previously coached at Josey High School in Augusta. He went 13-13 in his final season with Josey, before also taking a leave of absence from that program for health concerns.

Burnett said the Tigers’ new floor general will have to work as hard off the court as he does on it.

“First and foremost, we want a coach who brings good character to the program,” he said.

“We always try to stress sportsmanship and academics, as well as our play on the court. Bringing home a championship wouldn’t hurt either.”

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