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Coaches Out At Eastern Iowa High School
INDEPENDENCE, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- In a vote that took about 10 seconds Thursday night, the Independence School Board accepted the resignation of Girls Head Basketball Coach Rod Conrad. It ended weeks of speculation after Conrad and Assistant Coach Rob Ratchford told the district of their plans to resign due to criticism and even threats from a few parents of the players. Conrad later told board members he might reconsider, but in the end he decided to leave his post and the board unanimously accepted the resignation.
Ratchford had told some media outlets that he received phone calls from parents threatening to come to his house and fight him over decisions made on the court. Conrad did not return calls, but on his Facebook page this week he praised his players and wrote, "I want to thank all junior high, high school AAU coaches and any parents that have helped me during my time in Independence. Best wishes for a positive future."
Independence School Board President Brian Eddy says the district is trying to learn from the incident as it moves forward, "We're going to have parents sign a pledge that just lets them know whats acceptable before and after the game. I think you see a lot of school districts have this issue, there's always a difficulty how you deal with parents and coaches, but were going to be proactive and I hope other districts will learn from what we're doing and if we can be an example of what other school districts ought to be doing its a good opportunity for Iowa."
Eddy says the board also hopes to hire a full-time activities director who could address any conflicts between parents and coaches. He says there are so many positive things that are going on in the Independence School District right now that the board refuses to allow a few people to define the entire school system.