Oxendine, wife of Weymon, Jr. and mother of two children, Tariah and Kohnner, is devoting more time to her family. She is also a full-time math teacher at Red Springs High.
“It was a tough decision for her — she was rather emotional — but one we support totally,” Red Springs athletic director and head football coach George Coltharp said. “We’re definitely not happy to see her leave (coaching basketball), but we understand.”
Oxendine spent a year on the junior varsity bench before taking over for the varsity the past two seasons. The Lady Red Devils went 6-15 in Oxendine’s first season before more than doubling that win-total this year with a 13-12 record. Red Springs’ 2011-12 campaign ended with a 60-46 loss at Princeton in the first round of the state playoffs.
“She basically doubled the win output and made the state playoffs, which was a big deal for us,” Cotharp said.
Oxendine’s Red Springs roots stem from playing under Eva Patterson-Heath, helping the Hall of Fame coach march her way to 503 wins at Red Springs. Patterson-Heath is the women’s head coach at Fayetteville State.
“She (Oxendine) was obviously aware of the tradition at Red Springs and that was a big deal for us,” Coltharp said. “We definitely appreciate everything she did. She did a good job.
Coltharp said he has received roughly a dozen inquiries about the coaching position in the past week. The application deadline for the position is May 1.
“I really feel like our girls basketball position is a definitely sought after position with the tradition here,” he said. “It’s definitely something I want to protect. We want to find the right person.”
Oxendine, who could not be reached for comment, as the county high schools are on spring break, plans to remain actively involved in Red Springs athletics and help out with the booster club, according to Coltharp.