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AUDIO: Despite concerns, Coldwater School Board agrees to rehire boys basketball coach

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Nearly two hours of comments and discussion for the Coldwater Board of Education last night behind closed doors ended with controversy as the Board announced that varsity boys head basketball coach Brien Kelly will be hired back as coach for his fourth season on the job. Kelly, who is a Legg Middle School physical education-health instructor, is now subject to a plan of action, in the words of school board Vice President Jim Hiscock, to correct his coaching methods. Hiscock said he expects Kelly to continue to be a tough but also fair coach.

Kelly requested an executive session of the school board to allow trustees to hear any complaints or charges against him. About 40 people crowded into the school administration meeting room and 17 of them, including several of Kelly’s players and their parents and other community members, spoke individually, in private, with the school board to air their support and or concerns regarding the coach.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tina Kerr confirmed that Kelly earlier had received a positive evaluation while also clarifying that the job had been placed on a list of open positions in hopes of having others apply to possibly go forward with co-head coaches for the program next season. The boys varsity head basketball coach is no longer listed as an open position.  Hiscock said the board truly believes they have taken the right actions regarding Kelly both for the district’s staff and student athletes.