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Former Gateway coach, athletic director sues district for racial discrimination

Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
Gateway head coach Terry Smith at summer training camp on Thursday August 18, 2011.

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A former athletic director and head football coach claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that Gateway School District's board forced him to resign in January because he's black.

Terry M. Smith, 44, of Churchill says in the lawsuit that the board began retaliating against him after he filed racial discrimination claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2010. The retaliation escalated until, in June 2012, the board cut his position to part-time and eliminated the position of his assistant, who is also black, the lawsuit says.

Smith, now an assistant coach at Temple University, is seeking back pay and other compensatory and punitive damages. A district spokeswoman couldn't be reached for comment.

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