This story has been updated.
FALL RIVER — Jameson Guimond, Durfee High's varsity boys' basketball coach for the last six seasons, has chosen not to return for the upcoming season.
Early Friday afternoon, Guimond, 38, tweeted: "It was amazing watching great Durfee teams growing up in Fall River. I am proud to have played for Durfee. It was an honor to have coached the Hilltoppers for the past 6 years. I will not be coaching this season. Family decision. I will be rooting hard for Durfee Basketball!"
Guimond's Hilltoppers were 64-56 with five Division 1 South playoff appearances and three Skip Karam Tournament championships. The Toppers played Taunton in the Karam finals all three years, going 3-3. After going 13-47 in the three seasons prior to Guimond becoming head coach, the Hilltoppers in 2014 won the Big 3 Conference title for the first time since 1992.
A teacher in the Durfee's health and physical education department, Guimond is married to former Durfee High basketball and soccer star Bethany (Plasski). Their son, Jameson, turned 1 last week.
"It was not an easy decision," Guimond said on Friday. "But I'm pretty comfortable with the decision. I have too many things going on with my family. Some family things and other things to focus my attention on."
Durfee coaches planning to return to their positions the next school year are required to submit a letter of intent. Guimond will not be doing so, but he said he had already discussed his decision with Director of Athletics Brad Bustin and Principal Matthew Desmarais.
“It was tough to hear but I totally understood," Bustin wrote in a text message. "Family comes first and coaching takes a lot of time, especially when you’re as passionate about it as he is. He has built a great program over the years and will be missed!”
Guimond, Durfee Class of 1998, said the Durfee basketball program is in a good place, buoyed by this past season's strong freshman corps headed by varsity starting point guard Jevon Holley and shooting guard Brendan McRoy.
Guimond said he has no insight concerning his likely successor. He did say he expects his assistant coaches — Ryan Rodrigues (junior varsity) and Joe DaCruz (freshman) —to apply for the position. Guimond's last game as head coach was a playoff loss, at Wellesley, on an ugly 3-pointer in the final seconds.
"The six years have gone by fast," said Guimond, known for his trademark black pantswhite dress shirt game-night ensemble. "It was a good time. The biggest thing is we were competitive day in and day out.
"This is totally bittersweet. Durfee basketball means everything to me. It wasn't an easy decision. I mean, I took my wedding pictures on the court at Durfee."
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