Adam Levitt, who helped guide Cleveland High's boys' basketball team to consecutive West Valley League championships, resigned Thursday, saying he no longer had the support of the administration.
Andre Chevalier, a dean at the school and former Cleveland coach, was selected to replace Levitt. Chevalier was an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge the last two years until resigning to pursue a master's degree.
"Right now, it's for the rest of the season," Chevalier said. "We'll see about next year. I didn't know this was going to happen."
Cleveland, once considered the Valley's top City Section program, has slumped to a 1-14 record this season. Levitt said he was receiving no support from Principal Al Weiner despite his successes the last two seasons.
Levitt was The Times' co-coach of the year with James Morris in 1998-99 when the two directed Cleveland to a 21-5 record. He resigned after Weiner refused to make him head coach. Weiner fired Morris in December of 1999 and rehired Levitt, who directed the Cavaliers to an 18-7 record and share of the West Valley title.
Chevalier is a former point guard for the Cavaliers.
"It hurts we're 1-14," he said. "At this point, it's a new season, but we're going to fight."
Chevalier's first game is tonight at home against West Valley leader Taft.