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Former Kodiak girls coach switches gears to officiating
by Derek Clarkston / sports@kodiakdailymirror.com
Dec 16, 2011 | 65 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When the Kodiak girls basketball team takes the floor tonight against Lathrop, it will mark the first time since 2007 that Brett Larsen is not on the sideline as a coach.

He will, however, be at Kodiak High School watching as a fan and as an official for the Kodiak boys game later that night.

“I will be there for the girls. It is not their fault,” Larsen said. “I would not go and not support them. It is all about them, as far as I am concerned. It will be different sitting there as a referee/fan. I can sit up there with all the other second guessers and enjoy a stress-free basketball game.”

Larsen resigned in July amid controversy. Neither Larsen nor the Kodiak Island Borough School District has commented on the details of the resignation.

“I really wouldn’t call it a retirement, because it really wasn’t something that I wanted,” Larsen said. “It was something that was put to me. I’m not really enjoying it. I miss it. I miss the kids. I miss the atmosphere — the kids especially.”

Larsen said he has been thankful for the Kodiak community.

“I had a lot of support from the community and the high school,” he said. “I can’t thank all those people enough who came out and supported the kids and me. I really appreciate everything that anybody has ever done.”

Larsen is returning to officiating, something he did before becoming a varsity coach in 2007.

“I don’t have to worry about the situation, playing time, who did this, who did that, who said what,” Larsen said. “I just go out there and do a job. Just make sure you do the best you can when you blow the whistle and make sure the clock is running.”

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdaily

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