By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Jim Maley was fired from his position as head coach of the Kenwood Academy High School varsity basketball team Friday. Parents said they were shocked by the decision because Maley was a coach who cared about the academic and social emotional well being of the team members.
Greg Jones, principal at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., confirmed the news on Monday saying that the school is looking to go in a new direction with its basketball team.
Jones said Kenwood is currently in the process of forming a committee to help select the school’s new basketball coach.
The committee will consist of an administrator, a member of the athletics department, a parent, an alumnus, two members of the basketball team and a community member.
“We are creating a protocol that will be used for the interview process,” Jones said.
“We are also sending letters out to parents notifying them about the decision and giving them information about the hiring committee selection process,” Jones said.
A Kenwood parent, who wished not to be named in fear of retaliation against certain basketball players, said the news was shocking because Maley was not only a good coach but also a great mentor.
“Coach Maley made sure that they had good GPAs; if it was just one point below he wouldn’t let them play,” said the parent. “He would also work with them to make sure their academic and personal lives were OK.”
Jones said the school is hoping to have a new coach in place before spring break.