PHS basketball coach Duff resigns

¦ Duff named Lakeland’s K-12 relations manager

JASON DUFF, who coached the Plymouth boys basketball team to three straight EWC titles and two regional crowns, resigned his position last week to take a job at Lakeland College. – Review file photo JASON DUFF, who coached the Plymouth boys basketball team to three straight EWC titles and two regional crowns, resigned his position last week to take a job at Lakeland College. – Review file photo PLYMOUTH – Jason Duff, the Plymouth head boys basketball coach the past four seasons, and a teacher and coach in the kindergarten-grade 12 school setting for the last 12 years, has been named Lakeland College’s first K-12 relations manager.

In this new role, Duff will be a primary face of Lakeland in the region’s schools – sharing the Lakeland story with administrators, counselors and teachers so they better understand what the college has to offer for current high school and prospective college students.

Duff comes to Lakeland from Plymouth High School, where he has worked as a social studies teacher since 2005. He also held various academic leadership roles, including division chair.

He served nine years as a boys basketball coach at PHS, including five at the junior varsity level. The Panthers were 72-27 during Duff’s varsity stint. Duff guided the program to three consecutive Eastern Wisconsin Conference Championships and two WIAA regional championships.

He was named EWC Coach of the Year three times, and coached two Academic All-State players and two Wisconsin Bas- ketball Coaches Association All- Stars.

He will manage Lakeland’s Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP), working closely with Lakeland faculty and high schools to maintain current course offerings and add new ones. He will also work to forge new partnerships between Lakeland and neighboring K-12 districts.

Duff has a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Purdue University and a master of arts in education from Cardinal Stritch University.

Duff wrote the following letter to the Plymouth community:

“Today [Wednesday] I accepted a new position at Lakeland College and resigned as a social studies teacher and head boys basketball Coach at Plymouth High School. It was the most difficult decision of my life.

“It was difficult because I love Plymouth High School. I love many of the people there whom I have formed life-long friendships with over the last nine years.

“I love the tradition of excellence in academics and athletics. I love that students can get a diversified education that prepares them for a wide-range of careers.

“I love the progressive attitude of the leaders in this district. And I love the spirit that is on display at every home athletic contest or extra-curricular event.

“So, why would I leave a place that I truly love? In part, it might be because I don’t feel like I’m completely leaving. Our family has established roots in Plymouth and I don’t see that changing.

“In the end, I was given an opportunity to go to the higher education level and work at an institution that is undergoing many changes right now that I believe will make it immensely attractive to students, faculty, area businesses, and the community as a whole. I want to be a part of that.

“Finally, I want to thank all those in this wonderful community who support the Plymouth School District. For those who don’t know, this is an incredible place that everyone should be proud to call their own.

“There is no doubt that this winter when the Panther basketball team is taking the floor that I will have a tear in my eye. It’s going to be hard for me because I care so much for the young men in the program. I’ll be a few rows up cheering my heart out.

“As I tell our graduating senior athletes as they embark on life’s next journey, ‘Once a Panther, always a Panther!’ ”

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