UPDATE: Pilot Grove Superintendent Makes Statement about Fired Coach

4 years 1 month 1 week ago April 12, 2013 Apr 12, 2013 Friday, April 12 2013 Friday, April 12, 2013 1:14:00 PM CDT in News
By: Danielle McCarthy
loading

PILOT GROVE - Pilot Grove Superintendent DJ Leverton told KOMU Friday he cannot release the reason for the firing of the high school's head boys basketball coach, Rick Grunden. However, Leverton did say Grunden will remain a "valued member of the Pilot Grove staff."

Leverton's statement comes after Monday's Pilot Grove C-4 Board of Education meeting where members voted 4-3 to not renew Coach Grunden's contract.

Since hearing the news, residents around the Pilot Grove community have reacted to the announcement, with many speaking out on social media.

Former students KOMU talked to Friday said they, along with a majority of the community, were shocked to hear the news and described Grunden as a successful, trustworthy, knowledgeable, respected, and well-liked coach.

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

A former team member started an online petition to overturn the board's decision. However, Superintendent Leverton said the petition would have no effect on the board's decision.

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 told KOMU, that teammates 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."

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker has taped messages from constituents to Republican Gov. Eric Greitens's door... More >>
1 hour ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:28:50 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A Target 8 investigation background checked Columbia Uber drivers and took a closer look at the ride-share company’s... More >>
3 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:57:03 PM CDT in Target 8
MOBERLY - Moberly no longer will euthanize animals with a gas chamber. In exchange for getting rid of the... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:39:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia visitor Zach Walther describes Uber as "convenient." The 23-year-old frequently uses the ride-sharing app, which arrived... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:28:00 PM CDT in Target 8
ST. CHARLES - The third day of the murder trial involving the death of a Missouri state trooper ended with... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:20:00 PM CDT in News
OSAGE BEACH - Two detention officers were recognized by the Missouri Sheriffs Association for taking quick action that saved the... More >>
5 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:19:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Gov. Eric Greitens is looking to Washington for financial help to help those affected by major flooding in... More >>
6 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:05:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – As Missouri lawmakers continue discussions regarding the so-called "steel mill bill," legislators from both sides have pitched... More >>
6 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 3:41:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY – A Columbia man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.... More >>
7 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:55:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police officers took a 15-year-old male into custody after receiving reports of the student threatening violence at... More >>
7 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:31:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - MU has found its new chancellor. On Wednesday, UM System President Mun Choi introduced Alexander Cartwright as... More >>
8 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:45:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
MANCHESTER -Manchester, England is roughly 4,000 miles away from Missouri. But for students studying abroad, it can feel like a... More >>
9 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:02:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA — Callaway County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Columbia woman after they pulled her over and discovered she had a... More >>
9 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:51:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A health system based in Kansas City, Missouri, has signed an agreement with Washington University in... More >>
10 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:49:52 AM CDT in News
KINGDOM CITY — A Fulton man was taken into custody last night after a short vehicle pursuit on Old Highway... More >>
10 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:15:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — Authorities are investigating the deadly shooting of a 28-year-old man in northeast Columbia. Police said in... More >>
11 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:23:00 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A bat in St. Louis County has tested positive for rabies, and health officials say it should... More >>
12 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:59:00 AM CDT in News
PINEVILLE — A southwest Missouri prosecutor has dropped a murder charge in a 2011 death of an Arkansas man, but... More >>
13 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:32:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 55°
10pm 57°
11pm 56°
12am 54°
1am 53°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
9:30p
Seinfeld
10:00p
The King of Queens
10:30p
The King of Queens

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
The 100
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld