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Chiles head basketball coaches removed from their positions

Chiles High School
Posted at 2:29 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 18:47:12-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Chiles boys basketball coach Rick Davis and girls basketball coach De’Ja Jeffery have been removed from their respective positions after an internal investigation was done by Leon County Schools District Office.

Memos were sent to parents of athletes on the teams Friday to inform them of the decision.

Coach Davis had been the Chiles boys' basketball coach since 2018 and had previously been the coach at Amos P. Godby High from 2002-2006, Florida A&M High School from 2006-2009 and Leon High School from 2009-2018.

The memo said that a search for a new coach would begin once the season ended, but added that Coach Hayes would be the interim boys' basketball coach moving forward.

Coach Jeffery was in her second season of coaching the Chiles girls' basketball team and had previously been an assistant coach at Florida High.

The girls' season ended this week with a loss in the District Tournament.

Both memos said that Chiles would host parent Zoom meetings in the future to involve them in the process and also thanked them for their patience and understanding.

ABC 27 spoke with coach Davis, who said he was not fired from Chiles, instead was re-assigned to be the dean of students at Nims Middle School for 7th grade.

"I was dealing with a personal situation with Chiles and the District, and the resulting internal investigation does not permit me to go into details of the situation," said Davis.

Davis said the district told him he can't coach for the remainder of this season.

ABC 27 reached out to Chiles High School Principal Joseph L. Burgess, who said that their assistant athletic director will reach out to address what they are allowed to by district policy.

This is a developing story, stay with ABC 27 for updates.