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Broughton axed after 14 seasons

Crawford County High School varsity boys’ basketball coach Otis Broughton, who owns a 167-144 record in 14 seasons, won’t be back for a fifteenth campaign.
The Crawford County Community School Corp. Board of Trustees unanimously voted to follow the recommendation of athletic director Jerry Hanger and CCHS principal Wayne Apple in not renewing Broughton’s contract.
There was no discussion prior to or after trustee Roger Haverstock’s motion, which was seconded by Debbie Kaiser. In fact, the item was originally listed as part of the board’s consent agenda, which is handled in a single vote, but Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge asked that it be voted on separately.
It was only after the board then unanimously approved the retirements of teachers John Hammond and Karen Tower, effective at the end of the school year, as well as other resignations, when Eastridge was thanking them for their service, that Broughton received thanks for his years as coach.
‘I’d also like to commend coach Otis Broughton for his many years of dedicated service,’ Eastridge said.
Broughton, whose team lost its last five games this year to finish 9-12, was not present.
One of the victories this past season came against No. 8-ranked (Class 1A) Orleans.
During his tenure, the Wolfpack won three sectional titles (1995, 2001 and 2002) and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the former one-class tournament in 1995. They also won four Patoka Lake Athletic Conference championships, including in 2000-01, when they finished 21-3 as a regional finalist and giving Broughton his best season record as coach.