I was reading a recent Connecticut federal court decision in a case concerning the termination of an assistant football coach from a public high school. The decision itself was not particularly remarkable, but did include a discussion of Connecticut General Statute Section 10-222e, entitled “Policy on evaluation and termination of athletic coaches.” This is a statute with which all high coaches and administrators should be familiar.
The statute applies to public schools and any person holding a coaching permit who is hired by a local or regional board of education to coach for a season. The statute can be summarized as follows:
1. The coach should be evaluated by his or her immediate supervisor on an annual basis and the coach should be provided with copies of the evaluations.
2. If a school decides to terminate or not renew the contract of a coach who has served in the same position for 3 or some consecutive years, it must inform the coach of the decision no later than 90 days after the end of the season.
3. If terminated, the coach may appeal to the local or regional board of education.
4. This statute does not prevent the termination of a coach on grounds of moral misconduct, insubordination, a violation of the rules of the board of education, or due to the cancellation of a sport.