Lansingburgh coach reinstated after public outcry

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Updated: 7/24 11:01 pm

LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. – Public outcry has led to a local high school coach being reinstated to his position.

After hearing outrage from the community, the Lansingburgh School Board has decided to give John Cipperly his coaching position back. The other coaches who lost their jobs will also be back for the 2014-2015 school year.

Cipperly has been the varsity softball and soccer coach with Lansingburgh for 31 years. He and the other coaches were reinstated during a special board meeting Thursday night.

The coaches said the district didn’t give them a reason for being let go; only that they wanted to “go in a different direction.” Cipperly said he was shocked when he found out Athletic Director Michael Harkin did not recommend him even though they had talked extensively about the upcoming season.

“I won’t say that there wasn’t some hurt, if you will, for all the people involved,” he said.

School board members and the superintendent declined to comment, but Cipperly wanted to remind everyone of their hard work.

“There really are a lot of good things that happen in this district, and yes, the administration and this board of education are very much responsible for a lot of good things and nobody should forget that,” he said.

But now the attention has returned to the players.

“I don’t want this season to be about me because I want it to always be about the kids,” he said. “But I would say in particular we have four seniors this year. It should be their going out. Their season; not mine.”

Cipperly said official practice for girls soccer begins August 18.

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