Community reacts to Wayland coach's resignation

Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

Wayland school board president Gary Wood started the Monday, Nov. 10, meeting announcing that new board members Toni Ordway, Pete Donovan and Janel Hott will be sworn in the first of the year to replace Jeff Salisbury, Shelly Whitley and Kim Henney who did not seek another term.

However, when public comment time began, it was obvious the elephant in the room full of nearly 100 people was the resignation of varsity head football coach Gerry Diorio.

While more than half of the people in attendance were teachers from Dorr Elem-entary School—which hosted the board meeting—touting that building’s programs, others wanted to either be included in the committee to hire the next coach to get the football program on the right track or they voiced their opinion that it was wrong to force out Diorio because of a losing season.

While superintendent Norm Taylor confirmed Diorio resigned Monday, Nov. 3, he said the position had not been posted, no committee had been selected yet and the search would not begin until after Thanksgiving.

Some parents voiced how disappointed they were in how the situation was handled; word of Diorio’s resignation came prior to the post-season banquet on Nov. 6.

“I think you should reject coach Diorio’s resignation—he made you look good a lot of years and how it was handled isn’t teaching our children very well,” said Michelle Spicer to much applause. “He didn’t do anything wrong—it’s just ugly.”

For full story, pick up a copy of the Nov. 13 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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