Williamsville Residents Question Firing of Long Time Coach

August 29, 2012 Updated Aug 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM EDT

By WKBW News

August 29, 2012 Updated Aug 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM EDT

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WKBW) - The longtime basketball coach at Williamsville South High School was relieved of his coaching duties late last week, and his supporters are speaking out, saying he got a raw deal.

Al Monaco has been the coach at Williamsville South for nearly 25-years, and was fired abruptly last week following harassment allegations.

Many former players and area coaches came out to the district board of education meeting to show their support.

Al Monaco has coached the Williamsville South Billies for the past 24 seasons, leading his team to sectional championships back in 2010 and 2011.

But by last week, his coaching carrer in the district was over after complaints of student harrassment were filed against him. For many who knew him and played for him, the news came as a surprise.

Those supporters showed up at a special district meeting Monday night, where a new member of the board of education was selected.

There was no public comment at the meeting. However Superintendent Scott Martzloff did briefly address the situation.

Amherst police investigated complaints from some parents of players who said Monaco verbally harassed their children, however no chargers were filed.

As for those who know him, they say the district lost more than just a good coach.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for September 11th, when the public will be allowed to address the board, and Monaco's supporters say they'll be back to plead their case.