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Brooks out after two seasons as Gig Harbor boys basketball coach

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on March 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm with 6 Comments »
March 13, 2013 5:32 pm

From Pensinsula Gateway sports editor Neil Pierson

Gig Harbor High boys basketball coach Craig Brooks has resigned his position after two seasons, Tides’ athletic director Bob Werner confirmed Wednesday.

Brooks was placed on paid administrative leave in January after parents complaints led to a Peninsula School District investigation. The investigation is still ongoing, Werner said, but Brooks didn’t wait for its conclusion, turning in his resignation.

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Controversy began swirling around the program in early January after four players were suspended for undisclosed violations during a trip to Ketchikan, Alaska. The school district declined to name the players, citing student privacy laws, but the eight-game suspensions initially handed down were consistent with punishments typically given to athletes who violate drug or alcohol clauses in the district’s activities code.

Brooks took over the head coaching position in 2011 after Tom Adams’ resignation. Brooks’ two-year record was 16-27, including a 5-15 mark this past season in which the Tides failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Brooks wasn’t immediately available for comment. He teaches math at Gig Harbor High, but Werner couldn’t confirm whether he’d keep his teaching position.

Werner said the school district is accepting applications for the job until March 19. He hopes to conduct interviews immediately after that, and tentatively plans to announce the new coach in early April.

Gig Harbor has started shifting its job descriptions for all varsity coaching positions, Werner said, making them more of a “program director” that helps develop players from elementary grades on up. Applicants for the boys basketball job are being made aware of the expectations.

“We’ve redefined this position so you’re kind of a figurehead for this community,” Werner said. “That means a very long-term investment.”

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  1. erinandjames says:

    They sure are running through coaches pretty quick over there. Seems like the parents are calling the shots, which leads to short term decision making.

  2. HARBOR10 says:

    So disappointed in the lack of support for this coach. It’s unbelievable this is happening! Coach Brooks deserves better than this. I hope he’s coaching again soon in a community that values character and integrity!

  3. HarborHoopsFanDeux says:

    What’s curious is that the article never really says why Brooks resigned. So there was an investigation after the Alaska suspensions. Did it find anything? If so, what? If not, then why is Werner citing it?

  4. wpandiani says:

    Craig found out that he was no longer the coach when he saw his job posted on the district website…with a “one week” application period. Kind of suspicious? His math job has never been in question yet Bob Werner the athletic director with “little league and PAA youth sports experience” seemingly can speak for the district that “he can’t confirm that he can keep is teaching position” The Peninsula School District is sick and needs to be investigated for possible litigation regarding a continued practice of harassment and bullying of their coaching staffs over a 30 year period of time. These young men broke rules and need to be disciplined. Maybe the UW player now in a fix should evaluate just how the PSD and GHHS played a part in his current situation. Craig is a fine young man and has been terribly wronged.

    Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/03/14/2512992/coach-out-while-gig-harbor-takes.html#storylink=cpy

  5. wpandiani says:

    Craig and two assistant coaches on the trip caught 4 players using alcohol and tobacco. Three had prior offenses but the district would only allow suspensions (not dismissal as the athletic code mandates). The parents of one of the young men complained of lack of supervision as the reason for their son’s error in judgement. Even had a psychiatrist write a letter stating their son was in danger if in the presence of coach Brooks. It was his second and possibly third offense since entering High School…his father was not on the trip but was the JV coach and part of the accusation team. It took two weeks for Craig and the Olympic Uniserv Council and Peninsula Education Association representatives to find out just why he was put on Administrative leave. In the middle of the “investigation” Bob Werner informed Craig that he was going to recommend his termination. No other communication transpired until Craig asked why his job was posted on the School District’s website. I just want folks to know the truth regarding this situation that Mr. Werner felt was important enough to initiate the publicity. So very sad…in so many repects.

  6. ConcernedCoach says:

    This is so typical of this once great school. First it was football now its basketball. Bob Werner is the problem and all his parent cronies who think their money and influence runs the show. Apparently it does. Its a shame Gig Harbor athletics will never be the same. And no quality coach will ever place himself in that “Peyton Place” environemnt. They’ll end up with 2nd rate lacky’s like their current football coach and soon to be basketball coach. Good on them. That place gets what it deserves.

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