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Firing of Football Coach Shakes Up Durham High School Administration

By Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Apr 20 2013 04:06:32 PM CDT
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DURHAM, Calif. -

A shake-up in the Durham High School football program has many people in town upset, leading to a turnover of top officials at the school.

It started when Durham’s head football coach, Kevin York, was recently dismissed from his job.

After two seasons as head coach, York was told by the district two weeks ago that he was out.

“They gave me no reason,” said York.   “The superintendent, said it's a district decision.”

That decision, made by the Durham Unified School District, has shaken up the Durham campus all the way to the top.  Athletic Director Jean Atkins resigned her position, and so did Principal Bill Frey, who will leave after the school year.

“I have decided to resign because what the school board did wasn't right in any fashion,” said Frey.   “There was no integrity there and it just can't happen.”

On the field, the Durham Trojans made great strides.  York said that he had two complaints from parents.  One suggested he wasn't a good motivator.  The other issue was a personality issue with a player.   He said it’s hardly worthy of being discharged.

“So I have no idea what basis this is on,” said York.

One of Durham's key players, Josh Heath, said he’s disappointed with the decision.

“It's so sad, the whole process, the way it is done,” said Heath.  “It's just unfortunate.”

Not only is Kevin York out, so is his entire assistant-coaching staff.

The program has no coaching staff and spring practice begins in about three weeks.

KRCR News Channel 7 spoke with district officials in Durham.

They told us they cannot discuss personnel matters.