Basketball Players, Parents, Stand up for Sidelined General Brown CoachPosted: Updated:
She was removed as head coach and players and community members aren't happy about it.
A group of junior varsity and varsity players stood up for former coach Janelle Ferris at a General Brown School board meeting Monday night, telling board members they think Ferris was treated unfairly.
“I have never felt threatened by her. She has never done anything other than give a player constructive criticism, something you should be able to handle as an athlete,” said basketball player Rylee Ganter. “She has told her players numerous times that she loves us, show us this love with her acts of complete selflessness.”
Anna Bauter, another member of the basketball team, told board members, “Never once did I personally feel unsafe, hated, or belittled by her. Nor did I ever witness this happening to anyone else.”
A group of players and parents say the girls were told at a November 19th practice that Ferris was let go as the varsity coach. Superintendent Barbara Case told 7 News she made the decision but couldn't elaborate, saying the situation was a personnel matter.
Around 150 people attended the school board meeting. People who spoke say school officials didn't take time to interview most of the players before removing Ferris as coach.
“At this point, my daughter was extremely upset and we had no explanation and neither did she as to what had happened,” said Rebecca Gentile, a parent of one basketball player.
Since Ferris was relieved of her duties, one of the team's games was postponed and the junior varsity coach has resigned. Interim coaches have been put in place.
No one who spoke at the meeting said they were for the removal of Ferris. Ferris still works at the school district as a math teacher. Board of education members say they are taking all comments into consideration.