Pilot Grove High School Fires Head Basketball Coach

3 years 1 month 1 week ago April 11, 2013 Apr 11, 2013 Thursday, April 11 2013 Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:03:00 PM CDT in News
By: Connor Wist

PILOT GROVE - Pilot Grove High School's head boys basketball coach Rick Grunden will not return for next year's season.  The Pilot Grove C-4 Board of Education voted 4-3 Monday night to not renew Coach Grunden's contract.

Grunden has been the school's head boys basketball coach for the past nine seasons. In that time, he has won four district championships and lead the team to its first state championship appearance in school history in 2010.

This decision has angered many Pilot Grove residents who have continued to express their frustrations on social media.

An online petition was started by one of Coach Grunden's former players.  There are currently around 130 signatures. With enough digital signatures, the hope is that the Board's decision could be overturned and forced to reconsideration and possible extension of his contract.

Former player Colby Kraus was on Pilot Grove's basketball team the year Grunden lead the team to its first final four appearance in school history.  Even though the team lost in the final championship game, Kraus focused on the fact that "As a whole, we were much stronger and made it further than we ever could have known. Coach Grunden made us feel more like a family than a team. He taught us the importance of hard work and persevering through difficult times."

The Board of Education's meeting minutes will be released on Friday providing more information behind the Board's decision to release Grunden from his head coaching position.

The petition for Coach Grunden's contract to be renewed can be found here.

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