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Hutch Tech football players: bring back our coach

After Hutch Tech's head coach stepped down a couple years ago, Nick Todaro took over as interim head coach. 

Last week, players were notified Todaro would be replaced as head coach by Tony Truilizio. Currently, Todaro is acting as an assistant coach for the team. 

Many players, along with the Buffalo School District's Parent Coordinating Council, were angered by the district's decision. 

Monday was the first day of practice.

"We had like half the team that was expected to show up actually turn up so it's been hard," said incoming senior and football player, Xavion White-Baines. 

White-Baines, along with several other players, feel Todaro was passed up for the head coaching job due to teaching seniority. 

The players even started a Change.org petition that's received 1,600 signatures, seeking to reinstate Todaro.  

Monday, concerned players and parents held a meeting about the coaching situations. 

"We want students to have the highest, qualified coach. Whether they're a first year teacher, fifth year teacher, or whether they're a member of the community," said Duncan Kirkwood with the Parent Coordinating Council. 

Head of the Buffalo Teachers Federation Phil Rumore said seniority is only taken into account if two candidates are otherwise completely equal. 

"There are both good coaches. So what's brouhaha about? And the brouhaha is about the late notification. Well that falls right on the district's lap," Rumore said. 

In a statement, district spokesperson Elena Cala said "We intend to hire the most qualified coaches available for each and every sport."

In recent negotiations, BTF and BPS school board members assembled a committee to look into how coaches are placed and improve the process. 

According to the Change.org petition, nearly a quarter of the team plans to not play under Coach Truilizio, though the players said Todaro has urged them to play no matter what. 

Truilizio has 25 years coaching experience on top of his teaching seniority. 


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