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High School Coach Says He Was Fired Due To Number Of Black Players

The New Jersey football and golf coach says the school's administration asked, 'How can we get more white players?'

May 01, 2018 - 8:07 am

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey high school football coach says he's being forced out because he has too many black athletes on his team.

Camden Catholic High School informed Nick Strom on Friday that his contract as a history teacher would not be renewed for next year. The Courier-Post reports he also was asked to resign from his posts as head football and golf coach, and was fired Monday evening.

Strom alleges officials fired him because he isn't "conforming with their viewpoints" on what they want the student body and the football team to look like. He says he was asked multiple times about student athletes' ethnicities.

Strom told the Courier-Post:

"From day one, the administration told me they did not approve of the ratio of black to white students. 

"When I’d have a list of potential freshmen, the first question I’d be asked is if they were white or black. I was confused about why the question was, ‘How can we get more white players in the program or on the field?"

Camden Catholic President Mary Whipkey denies Strom's allegations, saying she never discussed race with him. The school also released a statement: 

"We do not comment on personnel matters, but it has come to our attention that he has chosen to muddy the reasons for his dismissal with baseless accusations against the school and administration," it read in part. "Any concern about racism or racial insensitivity is taken seriously and investigated fully."