Keesey
Keesey

York Catholic High School is looking for a head boys' basketball coach.

Joe Keesey, the team's head coach for the past six seasons, will not return to the position next year.

York Catholic principal Katie Seufert, in an email addressed to York Catholic family, thanked Keesey for his decades of service to the school and its programs.

Seufert wished Keesey well and said an official description regarding the opening will be posted on the York Catholic website in the coming weeks.

Keesey, when contacted, confirmed he was no longer the coach. He said he didn't resign and didn't retire from coaching.

"I was fired," Keesey said. "I was told my leadership and communication weren't good enough. I thought we had a good season this past year. We didn't have much experience coming back (two players with varsity experience), and we did pretty well."

The Fighting Irish finished with a 10-5 York-Adams League record and 11-12 overall mark this season.

Their season ended with a 68-47 loss to Columbia in the quarterfinals of the District 3 Class AA playoffs.

Keesey's teams compiled an overall mark of 72-74 in his six seasons at the helm. The Fighting Irish were 57-31 in league games (contests against York-Adams Division III and Division IV opponents).

Before succeeding Jim Senft at York Catholic, Keesey served in various basketball positions at the school and was a coach in the Catholic Youth Organization program.

He also helped develop individual skills with a number of former York Catholic players.

Keesey, who's been employed as a hall monitor at the York County School of Technology for the past 13 years, said he would consider another coaching position if one became available.

"Absolutely. My health's pretty good," he said.

Delone: The other parochial school in the York-Adams League, Delone Catholic, also is searching for a head boys' basketball coach.

The school opened up the position and is accepting applications.

Tom Becker directed the Squires to a 15-11 record this past season. Becker took over the program when veteran coach Jim Dooley died at the age of 69, following an illness.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.