Jan 13, 2011
Coach Starts Program 7 Years Ago, Wins Two Titles, Gets Fired

Steve Currier said he has been fired as boys basketball coach at Gilbert Christian High, a program he started seven years ago and led to two Class 1A championships in the past four seasons.

Currier, who works off campus, said that school Superintendent Jim Desmarchais and a board member contacted him at his place of work Monday and summoned him to a meeting that included three board members, the superintendent, the school donor and his attorney.

Currier said it was determined by the donor and a group of parents financially tied to the donor that his coaching style was “too negative” and a decision was made to replace him or there would be “consequences.”

“The pressure was too great for the administration of the school and while they openly admitted that there was no evidence that would substantiate a warning, let alone a terminable offense, they terminated me, Currier said in an e-mail. When asked to respond, Desmarchais wrote in an e-mail, Thanks for asking, but I have no comment.”

Gilbert Christian is 15-3 and ranked No. 1 by The Republic in Class 1A. Last year, it went 32-0, winning every game by double figures. All three of Gilbert Christian’s losses this season came against Class 5A schools.

This school year, Gilbert Christian moved into a new campus with a state-of-the-art gymnasium and turf football field that was built with the help of donors.

Currier, who had a 139-36 record at the school, said Desmarchais called him Monday night and asked him if he would take a sabbatical or a suspension. But, with 17 potential games remaining and a chance at a state championship repeat, Currier refused.

“Over the past seven years, I have had all excellent ratings on my coaching reviews in every category and was honored by my peers as Coach of the Year twice in the last four years, Currier said. As a past board president and a current board member, I am saddened and disappointed by the decision of Gilbert Christian and find this to be a poor reflection on how conflicts should be resolved. My hope is that each of the current players will rally behind assistant coach Jim White and finish off the season with another championship.”


Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/sports/articles/2011/01/12/20110112gilbert-christian-fires-steve-currier.html#ixzz1AvlbzYjU Coach Starts Program 7 Years Ago, Wins Two Titles, Gets Fired

The Arizona Republic

Steve Currier said he has been fired as boys basketball coach at Gilbert Christian High, a program he started seven years ago and led to two Class 1A championships in the past four seasons.

Currier, who works off campus, said that school Superintendent Jim Desmarchais and a board member contacted him at his place of work Monday and summoned him to a meeting that included three board members, the superintendent, the school donor and his attorney.

Currier said it was determined by the donor and a group of parents financially tied to the donor that his coaching style was “too negative” and a decision was made to replace him or there would be “consequences.”

“The pressure was too great for the administration of the school and while they openly admitted that there was no evidence that would substantiate a warning, let alone a terminable offense, they terminated me, Currier said in an e-mail. When asked to respond, Desmarchais wrote in an e-mail, Thanks for asking, but I have no comment.”

Gilbert Christian is 15-3 and ranked No. 1 by The Republic in Class 1A. Last year, it went 32-0, winning every game by double figures. All three of Gilbert Christian’s losses this season came against Class 5A schools.

This school year, Gilbert Christian moved into a new campus with a state-of-the-art gymnasium and turf football field that was built with the help of donors.

Currier, who had a 139-36 record at the school, said Desmarchais called him Monday night and asked him if he would take a sabbatical or a suspension. But, with 17 potential games remaining and a chance at a state championship repeat, Currier refused.

“Over the past seven years, I have had all excellent ratings on my coaching reviews in every category and was honored by my peers as Coach of the Year twice in the last four years, Currier said. As a past board president and a current board member, I am saddened and disappointed by the decision of Gilbert Christian and find this to be a poor reflection on how conflicts should be resolved. My hope is that each of the current players will rally behind assistant coach Jim White and finish off the season with another championship.”

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/sports/articles/2011/01/12/20110112gilbert-christian-fires-steve-currier.html#ixzz1AvlbzYjU






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