Girls Basketball: Kim Connell ‘caught in a numbers crunch’

Updated: April 5, 2012 11:29PM

Kim Connell is out as the girls basketball coach at Waubonsie Valley because she lost her teaching position in the English department as a result of cutbacks at the school.

“She didn’t do anything wrong. She got caught in a numbers crunch,” Waubonsie Valley athletic director Mike Rogowski said. “I’d highly recommend her for any coaching job she interviewed for. In fact, I’m preparing letters of recommendation for her now.”

David Owles, a 12-year assistant in the boys program who teaches business, was named to replace Connell as girls varsity coach Wednesday.

Connell’s teams won 75 games in three seasons at the school and also won three regional titles. She came to Waubonsie Valley after teaching and coaching for 12 years at Rockford Boylan.

She did not have tenure at Waubonsie Valley but was credited for her 19 years of teaching experience on the District 204 pay scale when she came to the district in 2009, she said.

“Here’s my take on it,” said Connell, who is looking for a teaching position and also hopes to coach again. “Only two of us in the department aren’t tenured, one is a first-year teacher and me, a third-year teacher in the department.”

She said principal Kritine Marchiando made the decision.

“Do I agree with the decision? No,” said Connell. “In effect, they’re taking away my teaching position. From my vantage point, people didn’t value the basketball part of (her job at the school).”

She said other cuts in the district may have had an impact on her situation, too.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, but it is what it is,” she said. “Three years is not a long time to develop a (basketball) program. I would say, based on record, we did pretty good.”

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