Bryan Station High School Coach Talks About Being Fired

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A highly successful Lexington high school boys basketball coach is fired last night despite having a winning season.

In fact, in the past three years, his defenders won more games than any other public high school in Lexington.

Today Bryan Station's former coach Champ Ligon talked to 27 NEWSFIRST about being blind sided by the firing.

Champ Ligon says he can't lie, it hurts being fired, especially from the program he thought he would finish his career at.

Ligon took over a Bryan Station team that had won just two games. Three years later, Ligon launched the defenders into a state powerhouse, winning 20 games each season and being ranked 2nd in the state much of this season.

Parents and players feel the firing is a race issue, Ligon admits hearing that, but hopes it's not true.

Star player Shelvin Mack says the team is compiling a petition to try to get his job back.

Principal Gladys Peeples did not want to comment on her decision.


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  • by Teacher Location: Indiana on Jan 8, 2008 at 07:43 PM
    Are there no teacher contracts in Kentucky? A teacher can be fired in the middle of the school year? I am amazed that in this many posts only one is in favor of the Principal's decision.
  • by Jacob Location: Lexington on Jun 12, 2007 at 06:44 PM
    Of course she's not going to explain her rationing behind the firing- because it was not rational. She is truly drunk with power and needs to be stopped. The other Pricipals- Mr. Barnes and Tammy Hopkins- are right there with her. They make stupid decisions and then refuse to answer for them. The only way to save what used to be a great school is to get rid of all of them. I am a proud Bryan Station graduate. No matter what was said about us, I knew that we were always a great school. Now three people have ruined the school that I love. It needs to be taken back from the administration that does more and more harm to it every day.
  • by brittney Location: lexington on Jun 12, 2007 at 03:49 PM
    i am a student from bshs and i am also a cheerleader there as well!!! i am behind shelvin as much as he needs me and i to am helping him with the petition i would like it if everyone would get out and try to sign it i cant imagine my last year of high school with him there. i also believe that this is a race issue i feel as if that is why mrs peoples will not say anything!!!!!!!!!!!! please help us the students really dont think we can go this year without him as our coach!!!!! it just wouldnt be brayn the same without him. i have also decided that if he doesnt come back i will sit my last year of cheering for basketball out along with some of the players who are not going to play without him!!!!!
  • by Sign the Petition Location: Pride of the Northside on Jun 12, 2007 at 11:04 AM
    KEEP THE CHAMP: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/BryanStation07/
  • by Gullen Location: Gault on Jun 12, 2007 at 06:37 AM
    As I 1977 graduate of Bryan Station High School, I have serious concerns as to the leadership atthis school. This administration was intrusted with a brand new school. If I was the principal of this school, I would want the best and brightest teachers and coaches. Champ Ligon taught math and science, and in fact taught an advanced placement course. Champ Ligon then took a program which won 2 games prior to his arrival and turned it into a program which has been ranked in the top ten (10) in the state the past three (3) years. Some of his players have even gone on to pursue their education after high school. Champ Ligon purchased a van with his own money to transport players and washed uniforms. He accomplished this amazing turnaround without a home gym for most of the past three (3) years. Coach Champ Ligon is exactly the type of teacher and Coach the public school system craves, and yet the administration of Bryan Station High School chose to let him go. I know one reason given for the release was Dr. Peoples wanted someone to take the program to the next level. Where is this next level? Finally and to the best of my knowledge, the Bryan Station Basketball team was the only athletic team at this school to have a winning record last year. Every student, parent and citizen of Lexington should be outraged as to this decision. People should contact the administration at Bryan Station High School and the school board to demand Coach Ligon continue to be the basketball coach at Bruan Station High School. Cullen C. Gault
  • by Mark Location: Lexington on Jun 11, 2007 at 07:27 AM
    As the parent of 3 Bryan Sta graduates as well as having 7 other family members who are graduates of B.S. - This is an outragous situation. Another black-eye for Bryan Station ( no pun intended )
  • by john Location: lexington on Jun 10, 2007 at 07:14 PM
    What is the school afraid of in not giving a response.Who is the person that has authority to do this????
  • by Robby Location: Nicholasville on Jun 10, 2007 at 05:41 PM
    If this came down to some parents complaining about playing time for their kids, they need to wake up and quit being selfish up on the matter. This is not the way we get rid of proven coaches, if they are successfull in the classroom as well as the athletic playing field, the parents need to stay out. And if the administration is listening to all the bickering about playing time, then it is time that Stu needs to step in and see what the Ligon's track record is not only on the court but in the classroom as well,and maybe he needs to look at the administration,that could very well be the problem.
  • by Hunter Location: Lexngton on Jun 9, 2007 at 07:47 PM
    I just read this statement by the Herald Leader. Dr. Peoples is so full of crap. _______________________________________ Peoples sent this email yesterday to members of Bryan Station’s site-based council: “I wanted to send all of you an update on the situation in the meda regarding Champ Ligon. All personnel issues are confidential and not open for discussion. My decisions are always made in the best interest of students. Please be aware that the superintendent and school board fully support me in my decision.” If this is the case I guess we know what Stu thinks. The district better change the motto. "It's about Kid's" no longer works. She said her decissions are based on what is best for the kids.
  • by Jack Location: Lexington on Jun 8, 2007 at 07:56 PM
    Unless some more details are disclosed, it sure seems like reverse descrimination to me. Most (if not all) schools would love to have a coach that's this successful. Besides, shouldn't the administration of Bryan Station be worrying about areas where they aren't doing so well (academics)? Spin it how you will, it's a sign of the times.

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