Greece School Board votes against reappointing longtime soccer coach

Updated: 07/30/2014 12:00 AM
Created: 07/29/2014 10:19 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

There was another vote, but it was the same result as the first. For the second time, the Greece Central School Board voted against letting a longtime soccer coach keep his job.

The board originally voted last month against a recommendation to keep Bill Hueber as the coach of the Greece Athena’s boys’ soccer team. The decision divided many people across the town. On Tuesday, the school held a revote. Two board members abstained from voting at the last meeting. They were brand new to the board. On Tuesday, they wanted to vote, but it didn't change the outcome for Hueber.

After 25 years of coaching boys’ soccer in Greece, the school board voted to let Hueber go. Neither Hueber nor people who came to the meeting to support him left quietly.

Hueber said, “Is somebody going to let me know what I did wrong?”

People were angry, disappointed and bewildered. 

Hueber said, “This board let me down.”

Sean McCabe, Greece School Board President, said, “I know they did. I’m sorry on behalf of the district. I apologize.”

Hueber said, “That’s the way they want to play it. That's not right to the kids, that is not right to me. I gave 25 years of my life to this district. Every single evaluation I had was positive. The athletic director wanted me back. The superintendent wanted me back. A couple board members had agendas and for some reason, they were able to turn a couple other board members to vote their way and shame on them."

Hueber says one board member's son was on his team and she consistently complained about his playing time. Hueber says another board member was cut from the team as a student. 

The team’s captains came to the meeting in uniform to show support, but to no avail. Soccer camp is a week away. 

Zach Mirquet, senior, said, "He was at all our summer games. He watched us play year round. He knew every one of us. I've had him my whole career at Athena. It's just not going to be right without him."

Adam Crandall was the board member who was cut from the soccer team when he was a student. He says he has no vendetta against Hueber.

Crandall said, "I was cut from the team over a decade ago. I have no personal vendetta against him. I voted nay based on input from the community."

The board president made it clear this was a board decision. He would not comment on the reason. McCabe issued a statement saying, “We sometimes disagree on the issues, but we remain united in our unwavering support of Greece students and athletes."

The district will begin interviewing coaching candidates this week.

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