DeWitt (WSYR-TV) – Former Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball coach Bob McKenney says he was given no explanation for the district’s decision to give him the ultimatum to resign or be fired.
The coach released a statement on Thursday afternoon regarding his departure from the district after 19 seasons and five state championships at its helm.
The coach initially scheduled a press conference for Thursday afternoon, but cancelled it Wednesday night.
Give the ultimatum, the coach says, he declined to resign. On Monday evening, during a meeting with the district administration, he says he was urged to resign.
“I was asked to reconsider my position and resign,” McKenney said.
According to McKenney, the district told him “there was not one specific reason and that after a ‘review’ of the culture of the program, the district felt the need to ‘go in a different direction’ given the ‘culture’ within the basketball program.”
The coach defended his tenure with the Red Rams:
We spent nearly two decades building a basketball family that supported and encouraged one another both on and off the court. Our program, from the youth program to the varsity team, has always tried to teach the value of hard work and discipline. We have taught the players how to be leaders and that the team is more important than the self. We have always emphasized that playing for each other and not letting down a teammate was ultimately the most important and valuable lifelong lesson. We are proud of our players who are now active community members with admirable morals and character, whose values were nurtured while being entrusted to our program.
A recent J-D Board of Education meeting was attended by a host of supporters and former players who defended McKenney.
The district has not indicated publicly why it decided to part ways with McKenney.
In addition to winning five state championships, McKenney has coached a number of notable players including, DaJuan Coleman, Brandon Triche, and Andy Rautins, along with Tyler Cavanaugh.