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Upon studying he was changed at St. Joseph, New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Affiliation Corridor of Fame basketball coach Dave Turco stated he was disillusioned in the highschool administration for its dealing with of the state of affairs.
“I used to be extremely disenchanted with how this all went down,” Turco stated. “I consider in any case I did for the varsity that they might (have) dealt with this example with much more class. We preach the St. Joe’s method of doing issues on a regular basis however the which means of that appears to be altering on the subject of athletics.”
Mike Thompson, a 1982 St. Joseph graduate who beforehand served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, was introduced as Turco’s successor on Thursday during a team meeting. He is the school’s third significant athletics department hire in the past five months.
Turco said no administrators from the school told him he would not be returning for a 13th season as St. Joseph’s head coach.
“To have to hear about being replaced from anybody but the people in charge at the school was disheartening,” Turco said.
School officials, citing their practice of not discussing personnel matters in public, declined Thursday to comment on Turco’s status, other than to express their sincere appreciation for his service.
However, they issued a prepared statement on Friday morning in response to Turco’s remarks.
“We are grateful to Coach Turco for his many contributions to Saint Joe’s and for leading the basketball team for 12 successful seasons. It is the policy of Saint Joseph High School to not comment on personnel matters. To the extent Coach Turco represents that no Saint Joseph representative had a discussion with him, that much is true. However, our incoming athletic directors made repeated attempts during the past three months to meet with Coach Turco to discuss the basketball program. Though several meetings were scheduled, Coach Turco did not attend.”
Reaction to Turco not being rehired at St. Joseph has been significant on social media with former St. Joseph stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Wade Baldwin, both first-round NBA Draft picks, being among the most prominent alums to opine.
“How (do) you fire Dave Turco?” Baldwin tweeted. “That man says, ‘I’m done.’ That’s the only way he goes out.”
Towns tweeted: “I always thought a Hall of Famer gets to say when he’s done.”
Turco said he was conducting business as usual through the days leading up to Thompson’s hiring.
“If they believe that somehow by divine intervention that I was aware (Thompson was going to be named head coach), up to this last week there were clearly signs that it was not true,” Turco said of the St. Joseph administration. “I was still communicating with the players, informing them about the (fall) league game on Sunday and workouts off campus available…