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Letter documents reasons for Wilkins' removal

Posted: June 7, 2013 - 11:16am  |  Updated: June 7, 2013 - 11:26am
Discrepancies with concession stand money led to Chris Wilkins' removal as Greenbrier High School's head baseball coach.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Discrepancies with concession stand money led to Chris Wilkins' removal as Greenbrier High School's head baseball coach.

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Three consecutive years of mishandling baseball concession stand funds are cited as the primary reason for the removal of Chris Wilkins as Greenbrier High School’s head baseball coach on Monday, as spelled out in a letter obtained by The News-Times.

In that memo, dated Thursday, June 6, Greenbrier High School Principal Chris Segraves documented a meeting with Wilkins Monday, June 3, in which Segraves reiterated that Wilkins had been warned a year earlier about concession stand funds being out of balance.

“During our meeting I reminded you that we met last year on June 26, 2012, to discuss the fact that your baseball concession monies were in the red by $1,763.76,” Segraves wrote. “At the time, I was adamant that this should not happen again.

“I was also very clear that, should we have to revisit this again, your position as head coach of the varsity baseball program would be in jeopardy,” Segraves continued.

When the 2013 season ended with a negative balance “in excess of $1,600,” Segraves met with Wilkins and removed him as head baseball coach.

Responding to questions regarding Wilkins’ firing, Segraves rejected suggestions that parental pressure, or rumors about players being hazed during initiation rituals, were a factor in his decision.

Segraves said the removal was not done in haste, and that there never were plans to dismiss Wilkins during the baseball season.

“I am not going to sacrifice what the kids were working for and all of that,” Segraves said. “They were deep in the hunt in the playoff, and to have acted any sooner than I did would have jeopardized their success. I was not going to jeopardize any of the success for our players.”

The final letter detailing Wilkins’ removal was provided Friday after a request to Columbia County Human Resources Director Tony Wright.

Wilkins took over as head coach in 2009 and posted a 120-40 record in his five seasons at the helm of the Wolfpack’s program, including back-to-back appearances in the state championship series in 2012 and 2013.

Attempts to reach Wilkins, who still has a position as a health and physical education and social studies teacher at the high school, were unsuccessful.

In the interim, assistant coaches David Barnes and Mark Turner will take charge of the school’s summer league and baseball camp.

Segraves said hiring a coach is a top priority.

“We want to get a name as quick as possible, but it will not be a snap or rash decision,” he said.

 

 

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interestedObserver

Some of you dont know the way

Some of you dont know the way things work - Parents/booster club parents control the concession stand and it didnt make a profit 2-3 years in a row- it is ultimately the head coach's job to appoint /control this though he himself doesnt actually sell the items/buy the supplies, turn the money in usually etc. That is what he was removed for- not fudging numbers , not stealing etc The concession stand for baseball was in the red-more was bought than sold and overall the baseball program was still in the black from what the news is reporting so no money had to come from anywhere more than likely. He is guilty of letting the wrong parents control the concession stand and if that is what the county or principal thinks is sufficient for firing then there is nothing anyone can do about it though the public humiliation and inferences against his character are just ridiculous.Id sure quit if I was him.And whoever did the actual buying and selling on the booster club SURE doesnt need to be in charge of this next year!

class1

Stupid Policy

The head coach should not be responsible the concession stand, how stupid is that policy? Also, the parent running the stand should make a statement to the press!

soapy_725

Let's have a forensic audit.

The coach most likely is already multitasking. Coaching, teaching, policing, jailer, social work, part time psychiatrist, para-medical, etc. The "boosters club" should be in charge of the concession and have the big "R" for the inventory, management and money.

Hey, boosters" is another one of those words stolen by the culture. Boosters, organized shoplifting and robbery.

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