Kite let go

A file photo from 2018 shows Panola College coach Eddie Kite working with a camper during last summer’s Fillies Basketball Camp. Kite was fired effective July 18, 2019 by the Panola College Board of Trustees.

Panola College head women’s basketball coach Eddie Kite was let go by the school at it’s last Board of Trustees Meeting on July 22.

Kite, who spent five years as the Fillies coach, was terminated effective July 18. He was unavailable for comment.

While Don Clinton, Panola College athletic director, was unable to discuss the reasons for the firing, he did say the college is actively working toward hiring a new head coach as well as an assistant.

“We opened up the job about a week ago and are now accepting applications,” Clinton said. “We’ve already gotten some good people applying for the job, and I’d love to be able to hire a new coach by the end of next week.”

Assistant coach Chelsea Hudson left in the spring to work at Tennessee State.

“This is not a real good time to be doing this, with school starting in a couple of weeks,” Clinton said. “But we have four players returning and about 10 players signed. We may need to get two or three more.”

The Fillies were 15-14 last season with what the coach called a young team, but in his five years at Panola, Kite led the 2017-18 team to the national tournament for the first time in 40 years as the team went 25-6.

Kite, who came to Panola from Connors State, was the Region 14 Coach of the Year for 2018.

He received his undergraduate degree from East Texas Baptist in 1995 and his master’s in 2011 from East Central University.