After 10 years at the helm, Zac Reer will not be returning as boys’ basketball coach at Monroeville. The Monroeville school board voted 4-1 to nonrenew Reer’s supplemental contract Monday night.
Only school board member Mike Helmstetter supported Reer, while Nancy Brown, Sandy Lonz, Scott Sparks and Brian Watt said in a joint statement it’s time for the program to move in another direction. Brown read the following statement to a packed school cafeteria:
“The Monroeville Local School board would like to thank coach Zac Reer for 10 years of service. We wish him the very best. At this time, the board believes it is in the best interest of our district to move the boys’ basketball program forward under new direction. Thank you.”
Brown said after the meeting that would be the only statement the board members would make on the issue.
The school board’s decision did not please a number of Reer’s supporters in the audience who told the board to “think about the kids.”
A group of supporters and players, many in tears, gathered outside the school after the meeting, still in apparent disbelief of the final outcome.
Reer offered a brief comment afterward. “I’d like to thank my former and current players for all the dedication and support they’ve put into the program over the years,” he said.
The school board’s vote went against the recommendation of Superintendent Gregg Elchert, who supported the rehiring of Reer as head coach. Before voting, the board members held a lengthy executive session, calling in a number of current players and community members for input.
A group of concerned parents had approached the school board in April 2011, asking for Reer’s removal as coach, but after listening to the parents’ concerns at that time, the board renewed his contract.
Ty Reer, Zac’s brother, was the boys’ junior varsity basketball coach.
A multitude of supplemental contracts were approved Monday, including Brad Dunlap, girls’ varsity basketball coach, Kendra Snook, head volleyball coach, and Mike Tommas, head wrestling coach.
Dunlap, representing the Monroeville Teachers Association, spoke out against the removal of Reer as head coach before the vote, saying a vote to nonrenew his contract would “undermine the trust of everyone involved.”
Before the board voted to non-renew, Helmstetter made a motion to renew Reer’s contract, but that motion died for the lack of a second.
The non-renewal of Reer’s contract leaves the school in the position of needing to fill its head basketball and head football coaching positions.