Saying it wanted to move in another direction, Stamford High School has relieved graduate Jamar Greene as its football coach after three seasons, but Greene will do so in protest according to a story by Scott Ericson of The Advocate of Stamford.
Greene, who coached the Black Knights for three seasons and had a winning season and won a city title in 2014, was forced to reapply for his job after last year’s 3-6 finish. After approximately five months “in limbo,” Stamford athletic director Jim Moriarty and principal Ray Manka ultimately decided to terminate Greene’s contract and select a new coach.
“The administration of the school and myself decided to move in another direction,” Moriarty told the Advocate. “We thank Jamar for his years of service. He has the right to appeal this decision and he is going to do so. His contract was up and we opened the position. He applied for the job and was one of 14 candidates who applied. The principal and I decided to move on and go another direction.”
Though Greene told the Advocate he will be appealing the decision through the teacher’s union and school board, he said he realizes his tenure is over.
I am upset, but I don’t want to be anywhere I’m not wanted. I felt like the AD and principal would have my back more than they did. I felt disrespected by the process. From December I knew something was up. I asked Jim (Moriarty) back then if he wanted me to be the coach and he told me it was 50-50. I had to sit around until April to find out they didn’t want me. If you wanted to go in a different direction you should have done it before. I am going to appeal, but I don’t even know if I can go back. The damage has been done.”
Greene, a 1995 Stamford graduate, was the first black football coach at any of the Stamford schools, including Westhill and Trinity Catholic. Stamford High School’s enrollment is 65 percent minority students.
Greene had perviously been coach of the city’s middle school football teams and served as an assistant coach at Westhill before taking over in 2013 for former head coach Bryan Hocter, who was compelled to resign after the 2012 season.
Stamford had one of its best seasons in recent memory when it went 7-4 in 2014. The program, however, was hit with a rash of transfers prior to the 2015 seasons, including a team captain just a week before the season began.