Tuba City football coach Vincent Lee resigns over parent issue

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Chinle quarterback Zacharian Toadlena escapes a tackle against the Tuba City Warriors on August 20, 2021. Cyrus Norcross/Navajo Times

Tuba City football coach Vincent Lee claimed that he has actually resigned over the administration’s handling of a parent concern.

On Aug. 1, throughout practice, he claimed he kicked a player out of practice for making use of inappropriate language.

About a half-hour later, he stated, the player’s mommy came onto the field, screaming as well as shouting.

” She was acting very inappropriately,” he said. “I notified my athletic director after these cases happened. I got my team refocused, returned to practice.

” We needed to make statements. Gamers had to make declarations. My coaches needed to make statements. The next day, I was notified I was being reassigned (in the area) and also I could no longer go to the secondary school or have contact with my group, pending the examination.”

Lee, that was employed to lead the football group in 2019, figured in a day or 2 points would certainly be improved and also he ‘d be back dealing with his group.

” I didn’t assume anything of it, that it was part of the process,” he stated. “Wednesday came and I met human resources. I claimed, ‘All the evidence is there and also can I obtain a duration?’ “

Lee said he was told there is no time at all structure. With it being a small area, he stated he couldn’t go to the store without people asking what happened. He would certainly have to tell them that he could not discuss it.

He stated he has yet to speak with the administration acting on the investigation, and that the penalized player has gone back to the team.

So he determined to step down. He stated he is consulting with the Arizona Education Association as well as looking for legal guidance.

The Republic sent messages to Athletic Supervisor James Roe, Principal Raye Lynn McCabe as well as Superintendent Sharlene Navaho. They have yet to react.

Meanwhile, an online application was started in the community to attempt to restore Lee. That had 440 signatures with a goal of 500 since Monday.

” I informed HR that I was being treated unfairly, that this was a guilty-until-proven-innocent scenario,” Lee said. “I wanted this to be dealt with. The human resources is the only individual I can talk to. I have actually been provided a regulation I can’t speak to any kind of senior high school faculty. I just told them, if not, I’m simply going to surrender, since this is becoming a distraction. Moms and dads are calling me. Players are calling me, wanting to know what is taking place.

” I told them, ‘Either settle the situation or I’m mosting likely to resign.’ I do not wish to endanger a suit. Yet they came at me with silence.”

Lee believes this will certainly be a breakout football season at Tuba City, after going 3-7 in 2015. There was no football period in 2020 because of COVID methods. The school rests on the Navajo booking in north Arizona.

He believes junior tight end/defensive lineman Nathaniel Fulton, 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, has an opportunity to play at a four-year college.

He said the group is being led by interim instructor Scott Pulham, who belongs to Lee’s staff.

The team opens up the season on Aug. 26 at home versus Kayenta Monolith Valley.

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