Desmond Gumbs resigned Tuesday as Oakland High’s football coach, citing problems with the school’s administration.
“The administration was horrible; there was no support there,” Gumbs said, before acknowledging that vice principal Oliver Chambers had been a supportive hand during his tenure. “After getting four kids scholarships this year, I would think they’d be real supportive. It’s too bad.”
The Wildcats were Oakland Athletic League co-regular-season champions in 2008 and went 12-8-1 in Gumbs’ two seasons, after going 3-26-1 the previous three years. Four seniors from this year’s class (Damante Horton, David Douglas, Kelly Mitchell and Edward Davis) earned scholarships to play college football.
Oakland athletic director Carlos Sutton wasn’t immediately aware of Gumbs’ resignation Tuesday afternoon, but disputed Gumbs’ claims of lack of support.
“He had a lot of support,” Sutton said. “He was not supportive, dealing with paperwork and all the other things that haven’t been getting done. (Coaching) is not just about the X’s and O’s. It’s about dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.”