A New Jersey high school football coach who alleged he was being forced out of a job because he had too many black players on his team has been fired.
Nick Strom, who was also fired from his position as golf coach at Camden Catholic and placed on administrative leave as a teacher, made the allegations after learning he wouldn’t be asked to return to teach history next school year.
“I think this from me not conforming with their viewpoints on what they want the student body and the football team to look like,” Strom alleged. “I’ve tried to build this program into one that’s based on kids being of ability, high character, and high grades.
“From day one, the administration told me they did not approve of the ratio of black to white students.”
Camden Catholic President Mary Whipkey categorically denied the allegations Monday.
“We are not that kind of environment and we take it very seriously when those accusations are made,” Whipkey told the Courier-Post in an interview. “This is a special community here. We embrace our diversity here. Those accusations are not true.”
Earlier in the day, the school released a statement defending its actions and criticizing Strom.
“We do not comment on personnel matters, but it has come to our attention that he has chosen to muddy the reasons for his dismissal with baseless accusations against the school and administration,” it read. “Any concern about racism or racial insensitivity is taken seriously and investigated fully.”
Several students walked out Monday in support of Strom.