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McVey, superintendent of BG schools, says Graffin not fired nor non-renewed (7-2-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 18:20
File photo. Von Graffin during a home game. (photos: Sentinel-Tribune)
Von Graffin, the Bowling Green High School head boys basketball coach for the last 11 years, was not fired nor was he non-renewed, Dr. Ann McVey, the superintendent of the Bowling Green school district said Tuesday.
Graffin had a one-year supplemental contract and was not offered another one-year contract when the most recent contract expired, McVey said.
“Absolutely not fired and there was no issue of non-renewal,” McVey said.
McVey said typically the bulk of all supplementals, athletic and non-athletic, are renewed at the same time, and are one year only.
“They asked me to resign, but I would never give up on these young men ... so I was non-renewed,” Graffin said Monday evening.
The decision not to give Graffin another one-year contract did not have to be voted on by the school board, McVey said.
“It was a collective decision and discussion that included board, administration, me,” McVey said. “My recommendation to the board, actually, after discussion is that we take the basketball program into a different direction, a fresh approach.
“There is nothing to vote on.”
In Graffin’s 11 years at BGHS, the Bobcats were first or second in the Northern Lakes League seven times and never finished lower than fourth, going 111-43 in league games.
The team finished with double digit wins 10 times, going 148-94 overall. The 148 wins are the most for any boys basketball coach in school history.
“Von has given a lot to Bowling Green basketball and we appreciate what he has done for the program,” McVey said. “We absolutely have no hard feelings toward Von at all, zero.
“Frankly with basketball, the same as baseball and football, we need to energize the athletic programs and therefore the collective decision between administration and (school) board, it was time for a fresh start, a fresh look to the basketball team.”
File photo. Dr. Ann McVey.
McVey said she has already received a résumé and a call of interest to fill Graffin’s position.
“We feel confident that we will find a good coach that will fit into the direction that athletics are going,” McVey said.
Scott Seeliger, whose first day as the BGHS athletics director was Monday, will be involved in the process of hiring a new coach.
“What I told him (Monday) is that we will sit down together and explain the supplemental process to him and then get his ideas about ways to attract candidates in all of our supplemental areas,” McVey said. “We want to get his thoughts and input as far as he would like to see the process go.”
McVey said Jeff Dever, the BGHS principal, would also have input on Graffin’s replacement.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 08:45

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