The Josey boys basketball team will have a new leader next season.
Coach Jabari Levi said Tuesday he won’t be back after he went through a tough stretch on and off the court. He said it was a mutual agreement between him and the administration. A replacement hasn’t been named.
“It’s definitely time for a new environment,” Levi said. “This will be it.”
The Eagles had an inexperienced team after they won the Region 3-AAA Tournament in 2012. But Josey sent out new starters this season and it was also hurt by the transfer of leading scorer Kyle Doyle to Buford. Josey went 13-13 this season.
“It’s definitely tough on any coach or program,” Levi said about all the changes.
Levi also dealt with some personal setbacks, including the death of his brother. The coach also missed some games and practices this season for health reasons, which he described as hereditary problems with his blood.
As for what’s next for him, Levi said he has received several inquiries. When he feels better about his health, and after he decides which situation is best for him and his family, Levi hopes to be leading and coaching again.
“I’m looking for a fresh start,” Levi said. “I want to go where I can implement a program. A new environment was needed.”