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Nampa coach James Daye reapplies for varsity boys basketball coach position

Coach James Daye. Photo courtesy the Nampa School District

James Daye said he is reapplying for the position of Nampa High School varsity boys basketball coach after his job offer was rescinded July 25 by the Nampa School District, according to our media partners at The Idaho Press Tribune.

As reported last week in the Idaho Press-Tribune, Daye was selected as the varsity boys basketball coach but said the job offer was rescinded in a meeting with Nampa School District Assistant Superintendent Gregg Russell and District Spokeswoman Kathleen Tuck. He believes the decision was made due to decades-old allegations resurfacing from when he worked in other states.

Those past allegations date back to 1990, when Daye was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old senior girls basketball player while Daye was a 26-year-old teacher and boys basketball coach in Greenville, South Carolina. Daye has denied those allegations and no charges were ever filed as a result of the claim.

Since the offer was rescinded, a number of local students and parents have come to Daye's defense, publicly. Dozens gathered outside the Nampa School District Office, Monday, in support of Daye being retained as head coach.

On Tuesday, Daye sent a cover letter to the district to apply for the same position. Daye sent a copy of the cover letter to the Idaho Press-Tribune.

"In electronically filing my application this date for the position as Boys Head Varsity Basketball Coach, I am not waiving or surrendering my continuing right to the position on the basis of the verbal Offer to Contract which was tendered to me on May 29, 2017 by athletic director Tyler Thomas, which offer I accepted and began performing under as of May 29, 2017," Daye said in the cover letter.

According to the cover letter, Daye states the application is a back up in the event that the district does not offer a contract consistent with the district's May 29 offer to coach the boys team, or in the event that his position, "with monetary compensation, costs, and attorney fees is not obtained through litigation and Court Order."

Daye on Tuesday deferred all other questions to his lawyers, who could not be reached for comment.

District spokeswoman Tuck could not be reached for comment.

Erin Bamer is the city of Nampa reporter. Contact her at 208-465-8193, or ebamer@idahopress.com. Follow on Twitter @ErinBamer.

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