Londonderry school board confronted about not renewing football coach's pact
But in a written statement released late last month, shortly after the football season ended with a loss to Pinkerton Academy in the Division I South Conference title game, Rich said he was taken aback by the decision.
A graduate of Londonderry High School and Plymouth State University, Rich was named assistant football coach in 2006. Two years later he was named the head coach.
Board Chairman Nancy Hendricks reminded audience members that "personnel issues" couldn't be discussed in specific detail during a public meeting due to employee privacy laws.
"This is just wrong," resident Paul Hennessey told Hendricks. "I am disappointed in every single one of you to sit up there and not want to discuss this with taxpayers."
"The perception is that a parent or a person in our town, someone who maybe has their own agenda, could have a coach removed," Sharkey said.
After reviewing those recommendations, Greenberg said he presents his final recommendation to the School Board.
"In the case of coaches, the board doesn't get to act on anything unless I bring forward a name," he said.
Sharky told the board that Rich was asked by the superintendent to put together a 90-page document several years ago documenting highlights of his years on the job but that presentation was never shown publicly.
Retired Londonderry school district teacher and coach Tom Sawyer said that over the past 15 years, he could recall several occasions where "the interference of some people who have the ability to get involved has resulted in decisions being made."
LHS graduate Zach Capobianco said Rich has affected many young lives in a positive matter.
"What he's done for these young men is more important than any score on any scoreboard," he said. "Coach Rich has done an impeccable job molding the young men in this town. He's an incredible mentor."
"He made me a better man," Kinnon said of his coach. "I was not a well-put-together kid my freshman year, and I truly have Coach Rich to thank for the person I've become."
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