Posted: 8:37 am Sunday, April 14th, 2013
By Matt Porter
Jessie Hester finally found the right fit in Alvin Hamilton. Hester, Lake Worth’s athletic director, searched all last summer for his next girls basketball coach. He was unsuccessful until he hired Hamilton in October.
Hester hoped Hamilton would be the coach for several years, at least. So he was disappointed when Hamilton resigned after one successful season.
Hamilton, a 44-year-old Port St. Lucie native, began his Lake Worth tenure on the first day of practice, but led an unfamiliar, talented group to 18 wins in a row to begin the season. The Trojans (23-4) reached the Class 7A regional semifinals, the first second-round appearance in the program’s 35-plus years.
But Hamilton, who coached the previous four years at Fort Pierce Westwood and commuted from Port St. Lucie daily, wasn’t having a smooth transition. He worked at Bear Lakes Middle School in 2002-03 and disliked the travel. He told the Post in December that he still disliked the travel, but it was easier than his last time working in Palm Beach County.
On Friday, he informed Hester he wouldn’t return as a coach (or his primary job, a history teacher).
Hester said he would begin looking for a new coach immediately.
“You hate to have to switch coaches so quickly with the kids,” he said. “Kids get used to a guy. All of a sudden they’ve got to get used to another personality.”
He said the travel issue never came up when he was hiring Hamilton. Next time, he said, he’ll make sure it won’t be a problem.