Pasco's part-time coaches shouldn't worry, School Board member says
The recent dismissal of Zephyrhills High School football coach Reggie Roberts, ostensibly because he's not a full-time district employee, shouldn't put other part-time sports coaches on edge, Pasco County School Board member Alison Crumbley told the Gradebook.
Neither the board nor the district administration has discussed eliminating part-time coaches, Crumbley said, and it's not a policy change that she intends to let gain traction. The move at Zephyrhills, which remains hotly disputed and under review, was based on individual school needs and variables, she stressed.
"I want to enforce the point that we have some fantastic coaches that are not teachers," Crumbley said.
She pointed to notable examples of River Ridge football coach Ryan Benjamin, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer who owns an air conditioning company, and Mitchell High soccer coach Karl Kucek, a respected local club soccer coach who played professionally in Austria.
They and others should not worry just because of what's happening at Zephyrhills, Crumbley said.