SC’s Murawski out after four seasons
After a 4-2 vote, the boys’ basketball coaching contract for South Central’s Rob Murawski Jr. was terminated by the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees Monday night at Corydon Central Junior High School.
Murawski, who was hired in the summer of 2006 after coaching at Springs Valley, went 27-63 in four seasons with the Rebels. After going 11-11 in his first year, the records fell in each ensuing campaign to 9-15 (and an appearance in the sectional final), 4-18 and 3-19 last season.
South Central lost to the eventual sectional champion in three of Murawski’s four years.
‘I appreciate the last four years I’ve had at South Central. I appreciate Keith (Marshall), Dr. (Neyland) Clark, Jeff (Hauswald), Karen (Fleck) and David (O’Connor),’ Murawski said. ‘I wasn’t really given a reason. Keith said some people complained, but that happens everywhere. My kids always played hard, and I just feel bad for my seniors.
‘I’m going to be OK,’ he said.
Before the vote, O’Connor, former South Central athletic director and junior varisty coach, and his wife, Renea, and South Central student-athlete Alex Wiseman all spoke on Murawski’s behalf.
David O’Connor read a letter written by Rebels’ basketball players and track athletes that was submitted to the trustees. It was noted that the two sports have more participants than they’ve had in a long time.
Renea O’Connor said if Murawski was being replaced based on wins and losses, that the corporation should be replacing a lot of South Central coaches, both lay coaches and teachers.
‘Mr. Murawski is not the only losing record coach, to be honest. The only difference here is there’s a history with our basketball coaches,’ she said. ‘Everyone in the community knows that if you have a problem with the coach, all you need to do is contact your local school board member.’
Wiseman, a sophomore, told the board, ‘We respect him. He gives us a great deal of advice. He’s helped with a lot of things a normal coach wouldn’t help with. He’s a great coach, and I ask you to please let him stay.’
‘Before I make any recommendation for termination, I need good reasons to support to terminate somebody,’ school trustee Dr. John Gonzaba said. ‘I’m afraid as a board we don’t have good reasons to do it. That’s my opinion.’
However, when the motion was made, Jeff Brown, Joyce Bliss, Roger Windell and Ray (Radar) Lillpop voted to terminate Murawski’s basketball contract. Gonzaba and Larry Hauswald voted to retain him. Trustee Carol Uesseler was not present at the meeting.
‘We made a tough decision tonight, but I’m elected by the people in the community,’ Brown said, ‘and I have been approached for three years over this issue, and that’s why I brought it to the board. That’s all I have to comment on.’
Immediately after the vote on the basketball coaching position, the trustees unanimously voted to keep Murawski on as boys’ varsity track coach.
Video from the meeting can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXkPIHReLS4