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Boosters: Coach’s job status uncertain
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
March 05, 2014 01:03 PM | 1073 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
File Photo<br>From left, Chapel Hill head coach Geoff Pastrick stands with Alexander head coach Matt Combs prior to a scrimmage in 2012.
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From left, Chapel Hill head coach Geoff Pastrick stands with Alexander head coach Matt Combs prior to a scrimmage in 2012.
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The job status of Chapel Hill head football coach Geoff Pastrick may be in jeopardy, according to sources.

The Chapel Hill Touchdown Club has been informed that Pastrick was given the option of resigning as the football coach or being terminated from the position by Principal Sean Kelly in a meeting last week.

“We’re disappointed because we want a proper process to take place,” Touchdown Club president Steve Moody said. “We feel that coach Pastrick has created a positive environment and made a significant impact on the students’ lives.”

When reached by email, Kelly stated that “information pertaining to personnel matters are of a confidential nature” and he was “not at liberty to comment.”

The Touchdown Club proceeded to meet with Douglas County Board of Education chairwoman Janet Kelley to express concerns about Pastrick’s job status. Kelley confirmed her presence at the meeting to “merely listen to the concerns of the parents” and that “all personnel issues are taken up in an executive session” of the board.

Pastrick, who was previously an assistant coach at McEachern, has been with the Panthers for two seasons, leading them to the state playoffs both years. Chapel Hill won five region contests this past season.

Moody also cited financial issues as a concern for the parents.

“We’ve done research and see that there’s a lack of support financially from the school to the football team compared to other schools in Douglas County,” Moody said. “The school has provided no support for field maintenance and the club itself had to pay for the required testing of helmets for the first time in school history.”

Karla Wheeler, the parent of a football player, said, “It’s unfair because we haven’t received a clear explanation on the situation and the administration won’t respond to us.”

Both said Touchdown Club members and other parents will attend the scheduled board of education meeting this week in Douglasville.



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