Former Huntley boys swimming and diving coach George Keenan and assistant coach Michelle Bradford resigned on Dec. 9 due to a disagreement with athletic director Chris Rozanski in which Keenan said Rozanski “accused us of trying to leave a kid at a swim meet.”
Neither of the coaches nor Rozanski were initially willing to disclose the nature of the argument that prompted the coaches to abruptly resign. The team was then forced to withdraw from competitions on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11.
But in the coaches’ letters of resignation received Thursday through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, Keenan and Bradford indicated that the disagreement hinged upon events following the swim meet on Dec. 5 at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora. Keenan initially provided his letter of resignation to the Northwest Herald on Dec. 13.
The bus planned to leave Huntley High School at 3 p.m., but, according to Keenan, two freshmen took the 2:30 p.m. bus the team normally rides to practices at Centegra Health System. When the freshmen realized they took the wrong bus, a parent of one of the boys drove them from Centegra to the meet in Aurora. Keenan said he planned to let the boys swim, but they took too long in the locker room, so he held them out of the meet.
After the meet, Keenan decided that, since a parent drove the two freshmen to the meet, the parent should drive them home. He said the parent who drove the boys to the meet did not have room in the parent’s car, so another parent took the second boy home.
Keenan insists, though, that he secured rides for both boys, a point that is at the crux of the disagreement.
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