York Country Day makes boys' basketball coaching change

Patrick Strohecker
  • Greyhounds boys' basketball coach Corey Stiles has been placed on administrative leave.
  • The move comes as a result of an incident where a boys' basketball team member suffered an injury during practice.
  • Boys' assistant coach and girls' varsity coach Chris Charleston is coaching the boys' team on an interim basis.

The highly successful York Country Day boys' basketball team is under the guidance of a new head coach.

York Country Day head coach Corey Stiles has been replaced as the boys' basketball coach according to school athletic director Jim Mustard. Stiles was in his third season as the team's head coach. John A. Pavoncello photo

Corey Stiles, who was in his fifth season as a coach with the Greyhounds boys' team and third as head coach, was placed on administrative leave two weeks ago, according to York Country Day athletic director Jim Mustard.

As of Thursday afternoon, Stiles was still listed as the middle and upper school physical education teacher and boys' basketball coach on the school's staff directory.

Stiles declined to comment on any matters, requesting that all questions be directed toward Mustard.

Mustard declined comment on any personnel matters regarding Stiles' current standing at the school, outside of him being on administrative leave.

The school released an official statement on Thursday afternoon that reads:

"York Country Day School has recently become aware of an incident regarding an injury sustained by a male basketball player during practice. Because York Country Day School takes the safety and well-being of its players seriously, it is conducting a thorough investigation of the incident.

"In the meantime, York Country Day School has placed Corey Stiles, boys' varsity basketball head coach, on administrative leave during the course of the investigation. Chris Charleston, girls' varsity basketball head coach and boys' varsity assistant coach, will serve as interim head coach.

"We will provide updated information as the investigation concludes."

Mustard also confirmed that Charleston will serve as the boys' coach on an interim basis.

"He is coaching both the boys' and girls' basketball teams," Mustard said.

When asked about how the school came to the decision to have Charleston coach both varsity teams, Mustard declined comment.

Recent success: Stiles was a member of the York Catholic boys' basketball team that won a District 3 title in 2006-07 and then earned one as a coach last season with the Greyhounds.

He guided YCD to a perfect regular season and then a District 3 1-A championship, before losing in the second round of the state tournament to Phil-Mont Christian Academy. The Greyhounds completed their best season in program history in 2015-16, going 23-1 overall.

In his two-plus seasons as head coach of YCD, Stiles transformed the program from one that went winless in 2012-13 to making it one of the top small-school programs in the state. Through Wednesday's games, the Greyhounds are 10-3 overall and sit atop the District 3 1-A power ratings and are ranked sixth in the 1-A state rankings, according to City of Basketball Love. Despite already having more losses than all of last season, Stiles made it a point to bulk up the team's non-league schedule this year to better prepare the players for the postseason.

Their success coincides with Stiles' hiring as head coach before the 2014-15 season, as well as with the arrival of Northeastern transfers D.J. Hamilton and DeAireus Brown before last season, as well as the strong play of Jordan Ray. Hamilton is a junior this season, while Brown and Ray are both seniors, with Brown earning all-state recognition a year ago during the team's run to the state tournament.

During this offseason, the Greyhounds also added 6-foot, 4-inch sophomore Jalen Gorham as a transfer from Trinity.

York Country Day will be back in action on Thursday night when it faces Fairfield.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com