Fruitport coach disputes dismissal

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Pastor’s contract was not renewed by Fruitport Community Schools Athletic Director Ken Erny, leading to Pastor’s dismissal from his position two weeks ago. The decision stunned Pastor and outraged many of his current and former wrestlers.

Erny said that Pastor had not done anything illegal, and declined to go into specific details about why Pastor was let go.

“He was not able to meet the requirements and expectations of a varsity coach over a long period of time,” Erny said. “There’s nothing crazy, nothing illegal, any of that stuff. There are just certain expectations, requirements for a coach, and a lot of that has to do with management. ... When it’s not done continually, it becomes an issue.”

Pastor said he feels Erny has had an agenda against him for years.

“He’s never given me a good review in the six years I’ve been here,” Pastor said. “He told me I had poor management skills, poor organizational skills, and that was the crux of it.”

Pastor, who is not a teacher and does not work at the school, admitted that his desk in his office isn’t always the most tidy, and said the amount of paperwork required of a wrestling coach is at times “overwhelming,” but feels that his lack of organization was blown out of proportion.

Pastor maintains that his No. 1 priority in going to the 7 p.m. April 23 school board meeting is not to get his job back. He simply wants what’s best for the program, he said, and hopes his being let go won’t scare away other prospective coaches.

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