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Parents fight contract renewal for Gateway basketball coach

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 10:51 p.m.

Accusations that Gateway basketball coach Mitch Adams “bullies” his players will delay a vote to potentially renew his contract.

Gateway parent Betty Howard said Wednesday she's heard second hand from multiple upperclassman on the team that Adams used obscenities and vulgar language directed at players during games and at practices.

“We don't talk to our kids that way, so I'm not going to allow a man we trust with them to talk that way,” said Howard, whose son is a sophomore on the team.

Adams declined to comment Wednesday.

Howard said she and a few other parents shared their accusations with the Gateway athletic director and superintendent last school year. She said they were concerned to see his contract was up for renewal.

A district official said after the meeting Wednesday a vote to potentially renew Adams' contract will be removed from the June 25 agenda, while the district investigates the matter.

“At least they're listening,” Howard said. “ We just feel like our hands are tied.”

Gateway spokesperson Cara Zanella said the district could not comment on the accusations.

Under Adams, the Gateway basketball team made it to the WPIAL championship game three times from 2010 to 2012, and won twice. The team also qualified for the WPIAL playoffs the last five years.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412- 8712369 or at klawson@tribweb.com. Staff writer Mike Love also contributed to this report.

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