Cheatham Co. Parents Meet With Director Of Schools After Coach Fired
Wrestling Coach Steve Hamblin
CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. - Parents and students in Cheatham County upset after popular wrestling coach was fired are now getting some answers from the Director of Schools.
Director of Schools Dr. Stan Curtis met with about 100 parents in the Sycamore High School cafeteria Monday night. The meeting was not open to the media. Parents reported they were able to discuss their concerns, and felt it was a positive and productive meeting.
"I feel great. This is the best I've felt in a week," said parent Emory Henley, "I feel all the facts are out."
The focus of the meeting was Sycamore High School wrestling coach Steve Hamblin. He was told by principal Jennifer Anderson last week he had been let go. She sited a new district policy that requires all head coaches to also be faculty members. However, Dr. Curtis told parents Monday there is no such policy.
Since the news broke, parents and students have shown their support for the popular coach by printing up t-shirts that read "Reinstate Coach Steve Hamblin," passing out fliers at football games, and getting signatures of support on a petition.
Parents and students said it was the least they could do for a man who is a good role model and friend.
"He's not only made me a better wrestler, he made me a better person," said student Chris Carlton, "I used to have a lot of anger issues, he taught me to use that on the mat."
"We are very hopeful they will see they made a mistake, but that they will reverse the decision and bring him back as our wrestling coach," said parent Theresa Barnes.
Wrestling Coach Steve Hamblin, who has been working at Sycamore High School since 2009, and took the team to the state tournament twice.
Dr. Curtis told parents he hopes to make a decision on Hamblin's future by the end of this week.