Support for Former Basketball Coach Grows

August 31, 2012 Updated Aug 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

August 31, 2012 Updated Aug 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM EDT

Williamsville, NY (WKBW) - Close to a thousand people have joined a Facebook page to support former Williamsville Basketball Coach Al Monaco. Many who've joined the page describe Monaco as a mentor and don't understand why this accomplished coach was let go from his position.

Al Monaco has coached the Williamsville South High School Basketball Team for the past 24 season and lead his team to sectional championships back in 2010 and 2011. Last week though, his coaching career in the district was over after student harassment complaints were filed against him.

"This is a personnel matter. We take it very seriously. It's very unfortunate that it's come to this, but unfortunately we are going to go in a different direction with our basketball coach at South High School," said Williamsville School District Superintendent Scott Martzloff.

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

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