LISTEN – Valley Christian School Fires Boys Basketball Coach After 23-2 Season
Valley Christian School fired Aaron Hill, their high school boys basketball coach last week, despite completing a 23-2 season.
KGVO News reached out to Valley Christian's Athletic Director Rory Christaens, who said the yearly evaluation process was followed and the decision was made not to renew Hill's contract. He said the school wanted to go a in a different direction.
Hill said he just completed his 12th season as the school's head coach..
"We won our first 17 games this season, and then we did end up losing a couple towards the end of the season and finished up 23 and 2," Hill said. "I worked hard to fulfill the expectations of the administration, and I believe I did the best I was able to. I have a great relationship with most of the kids and their families, and I'll certainly miss working with them and seeing them to continue to grow as basketball players and more importantly as young men."
Hill said he definitely wants to continue coaching high school basketball.
"I want to continue investing in the lives of young men through basketball, I enjoy it, I've studied it. I've spent years learning the craft, how to communicate with kids, and I look forward to having another opportunity. We're just trying to figure out what comes next," he said.
Hill said he was hurt by the school's decision.
"I've been a part of the school for 33 years," he said. "I graduated from the school after coming in the 8th grade, so it's difficult to understand what went on. In any coaching scenario, there's a lot that goes on. It's not just about wins and losses, it's also about relationships. I don't know all the reasoning. I had a lot of things explained to me, but not all, I think. However, they have to do what's best for the kids, and if that's what they believe is best for the kids, they're fulfilling their role as administrators."
Christaens said the school will be hiring three new high school sports coaches, track, girls and boys basketball, and the application process is open as of Monday, April 4.