Phil Ingersoll's return as the boys basketball coach at Douglass High School appears to have ended before it began.
Ingersoll told The Oklahoman on Tuesday that the job offer at Douglass — which was extended by Oklahoma City Public Schools officials and accepted by Ingersoll last Thursday — had been rescinded.
Ingersoll's hiring was not expected to become official until the next meeting of the OKCPS Board of Education on June 25.
Ingersoll said he was informed by Douglass principal Brian Staples on Monday that the decision to rescind the offer had come from the district office. The coach said he contacted district athletic director Keith Sinor, but Ingersoll was not given a reason for the offer being withdrawn.
Sinor did not return calls from The Oklahoman seeking comment.
“I had been a loyal and faithful employee for the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 25 years,” Ingersoll said. “I never received a reprimand, and my evaluations were always near perfect. The district athletic department's organizational health index was always among the best in the district when I was district director of athletics.
“If the district administrators did not want me to have the position, then I should not have been called to interview and offered the position.”
The job at Douglass came open last month when Terry Long left the school to become the head coach at Mustang.
Ingersoll had been selected for the position by a search committee made up primarily of people connected to Douglass High School, from administrators to students.
Ingersoll coached Douglass to three state championships in the 1980s. He led Northeast to titles in 2002 and 2004 before stepping down. He worked as OKCPS athletic director from 2008-11. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006.