Football coach files EEOC complaint against Gateway School District
Gateway High School football coach Terry Smith says in a federal complaint that the district's decision to turn his main job as athletic director into a half-time position was racially motivated.
Smith filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)against the school district.
The school board in June reduced Smith's position as athletic director from full-time to part-time status, a move board members said was part of a broader effort to cut costs.
“We've received the complaint. The district is not going to comment on the complaint any further due to the fact it's litigation now,” school district spokeswoman Cara Zanella said Tuesday.
Smith declined comment when reached by phone Tuesday afternoon.
The EEOC enforces federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against someone because of the person's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability or age.
School board members Dave Magill and Steve O'Donnell said they have been instructed by the district's attorney not to comment.
Discussions in the spring about cutting Smith's position included heated protests by people who attended the school board meetings.
The Allegheny East Branch of the NAACP spoke out in support of Smith.
This is Smith's 11th year as football coach at Gateway.
He has amassed a 99-29 record, including 7-1 overall and 7-0 the Quad East Conference this season.
He has led the Gators to six conference titles and four WPIAL finals appearances.
Staff writers Michael Love, Tony LaRussa and Kyle Lawson contributed to this report.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Jerome Bettis to be enshrined in hall of fame
- 8th-grader gets venture capital for inexpensive Braille-printer
- Suggestions are aplenty on what Penguins need to break through
- Franklin Regional wrestling rallies to top Belle Vernon, defends team title
- Rossi: History beckons for Seattle’s Seahawks
- Tennessee quarterback Peterman considers transfer to Pitt
- CMU software eases task of mining prostitution ads
- Penguins minor league notebook: Rookie Wilson emerges as 3rd-line NHL prospect
- Gulls fleeing frozen Great Lakes fill skies over Pittsburgh’s Point
- Pitt upsets No. 8 Notre Dame to snap losing streak
- Voters opt for ‘Don’t Know’ in 2016 presidential race, Susquehanna poll finds