LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Well known and highly successful girls basketball coach Shirlene Hughes will still go forward with a grievance hearing on Friday afternoon to get her job back, despite reports of a new coach being hired to replace her.
Hughes was fired from her coaching duties but remains with the Lubbock ISD in her teaching position. As the coach of the Coronado Lady Mustangs for 17 years, she had an impressive win/loss record, and almost always took her teams to post season play.
Hughes claims she lost her coaching job over petty details like showing up 2 or 3 minutes late to practice, and it wasn't fair. Friday morning she tells KCBD NewsChannel 11 through her attorney that she's disappointed.
"I would have hoped that they would have waited and listened to the grievance before they hired somebody," said attorney Karl Tiger Hanner during a breaking news report on KCBD NewsChannel 11 at Noon. "It's like they don't care what she had to say. That's disappointing."
"I would hope you would listen to the employees' grievance before you go out and hire their replacement," Hanner continues. "I don't think it's fair to the program and it's sure not fair to Coach Hughes.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 has learned the new basketball coach of the Lady Mustangs will be Kriss Ethridge.
Nancy Sharp, Director, Communications and Community Relations with Lubbock Independent School District, released this statement:
Lubbock ISD cannot comment on a personnel issue involving a specific employee and therefore cannot address any of the media reports regarding Shirlene Hughes.
It is not unusual in school districts or in the business world to reassign employees to different positions within the organization.
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