Gilbert Out Three Games

The Parry McCluer High School girls basketball team will begin the year without its head coach on the sidelines, as Adam Gilbert has been suspended for the first three games of the 2019-20 season.

Varsity assistant coach Conrad Patterson will serve as the acting head coach during Gilbert’s absence.

Gilbert was suspended for using profanity in a team huddle during the Fighting Blues’ Class 1 state semifinal game against Honaker in Salem last season.

The 10th-year varsity mentor said that the foul language wasn’t directed at his team or any players, but that he regrets the incident nonetheless.

“I apologized to each player individually that night when they got off the bus for the language that I used during the timeout,” he said. “I told them that I let my emotions get the best of me, and that is not something I condone. I fell short.”

Gilbert enters 2019-20 with a 163-81 overall record. Over the past five years, the Blues have gone 126-20, and PM has captured each of the past three Class 1 state titles.

Gilbert will miss the Blues’ home games against Bath County and Buffalo Gap next week, as well as their road contest at Glenvar on Dec. 10. He will return to the sidelines for PM’s Jaden Baker Tournament on Dec. 13-14.

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