Levi steps down as Tigers head basketball coach

COVINGTON — The 2-16 record of the Alcovy boys basketball team is the least of their worry.

Alcovy head coach Jabari Levi stepped down after half a season.

“Right now, coach Levi is dealing with some personal things and he’s on leave right now,” Alcovy athletic director Gabe Burnette said.

Levi left the Tigers following an overall record of one win and 11 losses. The only game he won as head coach was a 75-73 Region 2-AAAAAA decision over Druid Hills.

Eric Hollier took over on a temporary basis before officially being named interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Once the season is over, Hollier plans on stepping down allowing Burnette to look for a full-time coach. Hollier does not have any high school basketball head coaching experience but coached at Veterans Middle School.

“We had a conversation long ago and he said that he would stay on for as long as I wanted until I found a replacement,” Burnette said. He’s been more than willing to be a team player.”

“The kids are understanding that coach Levi had some things going on. We kept one of the other coaches in place to keep that continuity. We wanted to have someone in place so the kids can finish the season”

Levi was named Alcovy head coach after then head coach Eugene Brown left the Tigers with only a few weeks left in the school year. By that time, a lot of other schools already had searched and found their coach. Now, Alcovy will have more time to find the best coach they can rather than the best coach available.

“We’re going to do a whole new search,” Burnette said. “It’s very much an advantage because it gives us a chance to really go through the applicants and do very through interview with them.”