Gilbert football coach Rodgers says he was fired

Gilbert football coach Rodgers says he was fired


Gilbert football coach Rodgers says he was fired


After one season, Leland Rodgers said he was fired as head football coach at Gilbert on Friday.

Principal Christopher Stroud could not be immediately reached through e-mail and a voice message.

Rodgers, whose team went 3-7, said Gilbert administration received heat from a parent that he said he never talked to.

"She made a ton of allegations about things," he said.

Rodgers, who served as defensive coordinator at Gilbert Mesquite before taking over the Gilbert program, said some of his players came to the principal on his behalf Friday.

He said he was asked to resign but refused to out of principle.

"I’m disappointed in the district that it allowed one parent to fire me," said Rodgers, who teaches at Gilbert. "I didn’t realize one parent had that much power.

"When the story comes out, I think they’re going to be overwhelmed by ex-players and current players about how ridiculous it is. They never asked the team if any of the issues were like that. I worked hard to build my name up on the football field and how I treat people. That’s why I refused to resign."

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