Months after passing the torch to two other coaches, Alvin Stewart has resumed the roles of athletic director and girls basketball coach at Friendship Capitol.
Girls basketball coach Valencia Wilson is no longer at the school and Traci Landry is set to continue as head volleyball/track coach but will not serve as athletic director for the Class 2A school. Capitol Principal Paul Jackson offered limited comments, citing personnel concerns.
Wilson, a former Capitol player, said her job was eliminated at Capitol, which is now a charter school and not part of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
Landry declined comment and deferred to Jackson.
“There really isn’t much to tell,” Wilson said. “I was called in and told my position had been eliminated yesterday afternoon. I can’t speak to why it happened. I had no idea this would happen. My concern now is for my family and finding a place where I can land with a job.”
Jackson confirmed: “Yes, this all happened yesterday (Wednesday). I really can’t discuss it, other than to say coach Stewart is returning as head coach and athletic director.”
Wilson and Landry came to Capitol after the 2014-15 school from Redemptorist, which closed last spring.
Wilson led Redemptorist to prominence in over the past two seasons. She guided the Wolves to the 2A quarterfinals two years ago, where they lost to eventual state champion North Caddo.
Last spring, Wilson’s fourth-seeded Wolves lost to Lakeview in the first round. Lakeview eventually made it to the 2A semifinals. In 2014, she was voted The Advocate’s All-Metro Coach of the Year and was the Class 2A Coach of the Year.
Wilson had long been considered the heir apparent to Stewart, who has won more than 800 boys and girls basketball games as a coach at Capitol, including more than 500 as the girls coach.
Stewart’s Capitol teams won six girls basketball state titles between 2001 and 2009. The early teams were let by current WNBA star Seimone Augustus. Wilson played on title teams in 2002 and 2005 at Capitol and got into coaching as a college student at Louisiana-Monroe. She coached Prescott Middle School before moving to Redemptorist.