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WFAA report: Former Skyline coach Stanford Hill may have been fired for not playing principal's son enough
Former Skyline basketball coach Stanford Hill may have been fired for not playing the principal’s son enough last season, WFAA’s Brett Shipp reported Wednesday.
Hill said he received a number of text messages from Skyline principal Harold Wright during the team’s 2012-13 season. Wright wondered why his son wasn’t getting more playing time and texted Hill: “I’m not pleased,” and “My wife is waiting to see you.”
Those were among “hundreds” of texts Wright sent Hill, according to the report.
Hill was fired after the season. He filed a grievance that was denied at all three levels of DISD hearings, Shipp reported.
Wright declined WFAA interview requests but released the following statement: “As principal, I have to make difficult decisions … that I believe are ultimately in the best interest of all students and student athletes at Skyline High School. I have and always will continue to respect Mr. Hill and I wish him the best.”
Hill is still teaching in DISD. He told WFAA that DISD athletic department officials told him he’d never be considered for another coaching job after filing a grievance against the principal.
Hill took over at Skyline in 2009 after 12 seasons at Roosevelt. He led Roosevelt to the 2006 Class 3A state championship.
His record had steadily declined during his four years at Skyline, and he said that was the reason the school gave him for his termination.