• 39°

Prep Basketball: Salisbury’s Causby resigns after 10 seasons

By Mike London

mike.london@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Jason Causby resigned as Salisbury High School’s boys basketball coach on Monday, ending his 10-year run at the helm of the Hornets.

While it fell short of being a magical decade, Causby had a successful tenure. He was part of 11 Salisbury championships — three Central Carolina Conference regular-season titles, five CCC tournament championships and three Sam Moir Christmas Classic crowns.

Causby’s record was 152-111, so his average season was 15-11. He closed the books on the current season at 15-10. It was another good, but not great year, but it should be noted that half of Salisbury’s 10 losses were to Western Regional qualifiers North Rowan and Lexington.

Causby ranks eighth on Rowan County’s all-time wins list for public schools. Most of the men ahead of him are legends.

“When you’re a young coach, you hope you’ll get a chance at a place where you can win championships,” Causby said. “I give all the credit to phenomenal kids. We had kids like Darien Rankin and Romar Morris, who weren’t just the most talented kids in the gym, they also were the hardest-working kids in the gym. For 10 years, we had tremendous kids, for the most part, and they laid it on the line for their school.”

Causby, who played at West Rowan, started his coaching career with the Concord jayvees. He was still in his 20s when he was hired to lead the Hornets.  His first team was the 2004-05 Hornets with Doug Campbell, Scotty Robinson and Channing Powell. They started 3-7 but finished 16-10. They went 14-2 in the CCC and shared the league title.

“Dr. (Windsor) Eagle gave me a chance when all he had to go on was that my teams had won jayvee games,” Causby said. “I’ll always be grateful for that opportunity. I’m also grateful to Joe Pinyan,  our AD for many years. You had to do things Joe’s way, but he was a great supporter and he was a huge part in Salisbury’s athletic success in a lot of sports.”

From 2007-10, Causby coached the Hornets to four straight CCC tournament titles. The three Moir Classics Salisbury won under Causby were a three-peat that was achieved when Rankin was soaring above the rim.

In a memorable 2008-09 season, the Hornets went 28-2 and ran the table in the CCC.

Causby left for one season (2010-11) to coach North Hills Christian School and was replaced by Justin Morgan. Causby returned to the Hornets prior to the 2011-12 season.

Causby’s life has changed while he’s been coaching. He’d just gotten married when he was coaching jayvees. Now he and his wife, Becky, have three children — daughter Jaysa (11) and sons Grey (8) and Griggs (5).

“I’ve always tried to straddle the fence 50/50 and not rob any time from my family or my team,” Causby said. “But last winter was eye-opening. The kids are sprouting out and they’re at that age where they all had activities, whether it was karate or basketball. We were starting to miss things.”

Causby is a special education teacher at Salisbury. He’s only 38 and loves to compete. He may return to coaching, in the right situation and at the right time, down the road.

“When it comes to coaching, I live it, breathe it, eat it and drink it,” Causby said. “But coaching is something you do because you love it. You get a stipend, not a salary. Coaching is not what’s been putting bread on the table.”

Causby isn’t sure what’s next.

“Right now we just want to reorganize a little bit as a family,” Causby said. “The most important thing for me is being the kind of husband and father I always dedicated myself to being.”

Causby leaves the program in much better shape than it was when he arrived. Salisbury had only two winning seasons in the 10 years before Causby took over. Causby had only one losing season in a decade.

Principal Luke Brown said the search for a new coach is under way and he hopes to announce a hire before the end of the school year. Salisbury has a strong junior class, so the next coach won’t be facing a rebuilding job.

Brown praised Causby’s coaching efforts.

“We appreciate his years of service and wish him well in any future endeavors,” Brown said in a press release. “Jason is a man of high values and integrity. He is a tremendous person and Salisbury High School is a better place due to his leadership.”

Causby’s final game as Salisbury’s coach was a first-round playoff loss in the North Rowan gym.

“The goal every season is to win that last game, and we were never able to do that,” Causby said. “But except for winning that last one, we accomplished every goal I set.”

 

Comments

News

Duke Energy, NC officials announce coal ash expense deal

Local

Police, firefighters parade for hospital staff

Coronavirus

Demand continues to exceed supply as county shifts to vaccine appointments

Local

‘Uncommonly good man:’ Local appraiser Scott Robinson dies after fall at home

News

Rowan Planning Board settles on screening requirements for solar farms

News

Transition to mass vaccination sites irks NC health systems

Crime

Mississippi sheriff: One dead after Salisbury children left in woods; father sought

Crime

Man faces misdemeanor child abuse charges

Crime

Two charged with breaking into building on South Main Street, drug possession

Coronavirus

Nina Oliver: County will move to appointments for vaccines

News

Political Notebook: North Carolina lawmakers say they look forward to working with Biden

Ask Us

Ask Us: How will county administer second doses of vaccine?

News

White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

Coronavirus

81 new COVID-19 cases reported Sunday as county hints at appointment model

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with shooting at police, robbing Goodwill in December

News

During early mornings and weekends, F&M Bank handled hundreds of Paycheck Protection Program loans

Coronavirus

Salisbury VA uses appointment model for COVID-19 vaccinations, tops 3,300 doses

Local

Response remains mixed as city continues gathering public input on downtown street plan

Education

Community offers support for, memories of Knox teacher Beaver

Business

Loan program for women, minority entrepreneurs expected to launch in spring

Entertainment

Symphony offers virtual performance of ‘Resounding Romance’ Feb. 12-14

Local

Pops at the Post scheduled for Sept. 11

Education

Kannapolis City Schools searching for an architect to explore A.L. Brown expansion

Lifestyle

Dan Mikkelson proves he’s tough as nails, almost lands gig as contestant on reality show