Editor’s note: HobbsDailyReport.com will update this story as more information becomes available.
By CHRIS HOBBS
CATAWBA – Adam Dutka, head boys’ basketball coach at Bandys High for the last four seasons, will not return to guide the Trojans next season.
Multiple sources have told HobbsDailyReport.com Dutka – a non-faculty head coach – was informed this week that the school has decided to go in a different direction.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Bandys athletic department confirmed it will seek a new head boys’ varsity basketball coach for next season but declined further comment.
Dutka, responding to an email from HobbsDailyReport.com sent after the school confirmed it is making a change, said he had no comment at this time.
Dutka’s four Bandys teams went 8-18, 7-16, 15-11 and 10-13, and his last two teams reached the state 2A playoffs to give the Trojans back-to-back postseason bids for the first time since 2008-2009 and 2009-10.
Bandys went 5-9 in the South Fork 2A this season, finishing sixth, and earned a No 30 seed into the West 2A bracket before falling 79-66 at No. 3 Shelby.
Dukta was hired after Jason Barnes left the boys’ job after the 2014-15 team went 1-22.
The next hire will give the Trojans their eighth boys’ head coach in 16 seasons.
Only one other coach – current Lincoln Charter head coach Brad Gabriel – has coached the Bandys boys for at least four seasons since Aron Gabriel, now superintendent of the Newton-Conover City Schools, was head coach for six years starting in 1997-98.
The Trojans, who were a state power for about two decades (early 1970s through 1990), have had a losing record in 24 of the last 27 years.
Bandys went 18-9 under Aron Gabriel in 2000-01, 15-12 under Brad Gabriel in 2009-10 and Dutka’s third team (2017-18) went 15-11.