Two former coaches file lawsuit against Laurel Co. Schools

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Two former North Laurel girls basketball coaches are suing the Laurel County school district and former Superintendent David Young for wrongful termination.

The lawsuit was filed in circuit court earlier this month and goes into great detail about the events surrounding the firing of former coach Roy Bowling and his assistant coach Rex Fredericks.

For 36 years, Roy Bowling spent most of his days coaching girls basketball in Laurel County.

"I am Laurel Countian, and I just regret that all this had to come to this," said Bowling.

Bowling could not comment specifically about his firing, but a 17 page lawsuit it says Coach Bowling expressed to various administrators concerns that some of his athletes were being treated differently than other athletes at other schools in the district.

"It escalated from there. Of course I stood up for my players," said Bowling.

After the season, the lawsuit states North Laurel High School Principal Mike Black told Bowling that he and Rex Fredericks would be rehired.

Later, former Superintendent David Young gave Principal Black one more chance to take care of Coach Bowling or that he would fire both Bowling and Mr. Black.

Mr. Bowling was asked several times to resign, but he kept refusing.

Young allegedly told Bowling he had a long career and he needed to retire and enjoy the remainder of his life.

"I don't think you ever get to old if your healthy because of the experience you get over the years," said Bowling.

Bowling still refused and later received a letter stating he would not be rehired.

"I don't like retirement, but I guess there comes a time when you have to," said Bowling.

The attorney for the Laurel County School District did not return our phone calls.

Bowling says he filed this lawsuit to clear his record.

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