MAHOPAC - Mahopac High School coach Kevin Downes announced Friday that he will resign from the school.

Parents and students told News 12 that they were saddened by the news that the basketball coach is leaving, and many of them questioned why.

Many said they felt like Downes was being forced out due to the recent controversy at the school regarding the racist tweets from eight Mahopac students that made their way online after a fight during a semi-final basketball game last week.

Downes, who declined to speak on camera, said over the phone that he was not being forced out, and leaving the school was his decision. Downes went on to say that he feels this is the best decision for his family.

Downes says he met with his team shortly after filing his resignation.