Tony Eady and Jimmy Brown are out as the basketball coaches at North Charleston High School.

Eady, who will remain as a student concerns specialist at the school, had been a coach for the boys team for 17 years. Brown has been the girls basketball coach for eight years and led the team to four appearances in the Lower State championship and two appearances in the state championship. He was the region coach of the year five times and his team went 20-6 last season.

North Charleston principal Juanita Middleton did not return phone calls from The Post and Courier, but contacted the newspaper by e-mail.

"Both Mr. Eady and Mr. Brown have contributed to the athletic program at North Charleston High School for many years," Middleton said in the e-mail. "The decision to release them was based on a number of factors that extend well beyond the number of 'wins and losses.' As you know, the Charleston County School District's practice and protocol does not allow disclosure of specifics involving personnel matters. We appreciate the work Eady and Brown did at North Charleston High School and wish both of them well in their future athletic endeavors."

Brown also coached the football team for five years, and he led the Cougars to a school-record 12-2 season last fall. Middleton said Brown could remain as football coach, but Brown said he was looking for another head football coaching job.

"Why stick around when she can fire me next year," Brown said. "What kind of working condition is that?"

Brown said Middleton told her she wanted to take the girls program in a different direction.

"A different direction than 20-6? What kind of direction is she talking about? In six of the years I coached the team, I had a girl who was either valedictorian, salutatorian or finished in the top five percent of her class. Why was I fired? Your guess is as good as mine."

Wando vaulters

The Wando girls team should score a lot of points in the pole vault during this weekend's State Track and Field Championships if last weekend's state qualifier is any indication.

Wando's McLellan Harvin and Northwestern's Kimberleigh Riggs tied for first place at the qualifier, as both cleared 10 feet, 6 inches.

Wando's Leighanne Roberts was third, also with a height of 10-6, while Madison Wright claimed fourth by clearing 10-0.

A similar performance this weekend could give the Warriors as many 20 points in the event.

Reach Philip M. Bowman at or 937-5592.