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Dan Downs steps aside as Lafayette boys basketball head coach

JAMES CITY - Dan Downs has stepped aside as Lafayette High boys basketball head coach after one season. He will remain with the Rams as an assistant coach, school athletic director Dan Barner said, and as a history teacher at the school.

"He made the call," Barner said of Downs. "He wasn't demoted.

"He's a classy guy and we're happy he's staying with the program."

Downs said he made that call because wife Sydney is going back to work full time and being an assistant will free up the time he needs to fulfill his parental responsibilities. They have two boys, Luke, 3, and Lincoln, 11 months.

"We exceeded expectations last season and there is more I want to accomplish, but I thought this was the best decision for everyone," Downs said. "I don't want to short-change anyone in the program by not giving 100 percent, so I felt it was best for myself, my family and the Lafayette Rams program to step back for a while.

"I'm happy be part of the coaching staff, but being an assistant is less time-consuming."

Downs led the Rams to a 10-12 record in 2013-14, 7-11 in the Bay Rivers District, and to quarterfinal round win over Colonial Heights in the Conference 25 tournament. The Rams fell to New Kent in the conference semifinals.

Barner said the school will look to hire a new head coach "Soon. Very soon. Hopefully before school."

The new hire will be the Rams fourth head coach in as many seasons, succeeding Tony Traver, Patrick Brown and Downs.

The new coach will inherit a relatively talented and experienced team by Bay Rivers District standards. Key players Tyrek Graham, Bryce Losty and Jason Adderty return, while Jamestown's leading scorer, Trey Neville, has transferred to Lafayette where he will reportedly play football and basketball.

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