By Jimmy Durkin
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 2:05 pm in East Bay Prep Sports.
Former McClymonds High boys basketball coach Dwight Nathaniel is back to work at the school, now serving as a co-athletic director.
The coach who led the Warriors to a 32-0 season and state championship in 2008 is hoping to lend a hand to the athletics department.
“Hopefully, I can made a difference,” Nathaniel said.
Nathaniel retired from coaching after the 2008 season and also is retired from his work for the city of Berkeley. He’s always maintained a steady presence on campus since he stopped coaching.
He said he originally turned down the position when McClymonds principal Kevin Taylor first offered it to him. Eventually he committed to one year on the job.
At the time, he didn’t realize the chaos going on in the Oakland Athletic League in response to the district’s policy requiring student-athletes to be on track to graduate.
The rule requires students to have a certain amount of units in addition to a 2.0 grade-point average. It also makes students who aren’t qualified on the first day of school ineligible for the entire school year and doesn’t allow for hardship waivers.
“It could be a good rule, but it should’ve been phased in,” Nathaniel said.
The rule is currently being reviewed by the district principals.