Board of ed approves Tim Sullivan as Interim Varsity Football Coach
Monday, July 16, 2012
by Christine Yeres
Last Wednesday, as their last item of business, Board of ed members voted to appoint former assistant football coach Tim Sullivan interim varsity football coach for the Quakers’ 2012-13 school year. When board member Jeffrey Mester asked “Why ‘interim’?” Superintendent Lyn McKay responded, “It was [Sullivan’s] choice.”
“[Sullivan] preferred to do that,” McKay explained further, “because we do not know when and if there will be a resolution regarding the football coach from last year.” Sullivan, a Greeley graduate, has been assistant coach to Coach Bill Tribou for 15 years.
“What happens if there is a resolution?” asked Mester.
“My suggestion was just to become the coach,” said McKay, “but I was open to an ‘interim’ coach. But he will fulfill the duties for the entire season.”
“In the event,” Mester pursued, “that for whatever reason he’s being ‘interim’ is concluded in such a way as to [pause] . . . reinstate —I don’t know what the right legal term is— is he saying, he would step back?”
“Yes,” said McKay. “He is saying he would work it out, because he has been the former coach’s assistant for 15 years and so he would like to work that out with him depending on what the resolution . . .”
Mester finished McKay’s sentence: “Depending on what they agree is in the best interest of the . . . “
“Yes,” said McKay. “And I appreciate very much that we’ve been able to stay with existing staff. And [Sullivan] has written a fine letter to parents. He’s excited about being the coach. He’s stepping up to be the coach, but he chose to make it ‘interim’ coach. He’s flexible and the good thing is that we’ve stayed with existing staff, because that’s what’s best for the boys.”