Kyle Hawkins made headlines when he came out earlier this year. With his announcement, Hawkins became one of the first openly gay coaches in the United States. Though some of his team objected to Hawkins’ sexuality – or, rather, his decision to make it public – the University seemed to support the 32-year old homo-jocko. They at least supported him enough to renew his contract. But that was then and this is now and now Hawkins is out of a job.
Hawkins found out about his termination back in May, when school administrators listed at least eight reasons why they decided not to invite him back. MSNBC reports:
Hawkins said he learned of the decision May 4 in a meeting with team leaders, an assistant coach, faculty advisers and a university official. Hawkins said the group offered eight reasons not to renew his annual contract, which expires May 31.
Among the concerns: dissatisfaction with his practice regimen and the coach’s negative reputation outside the school.
“Those are laughable,” Hawkins said. “A week and a half before the meeting, they had sat in front of the ESPN cameras and said what a great coach I was.”
His young charges agree that Hawkins performed his duties well, but still aren’t convinced he’s the right man for the job.
Team president Andy Mackley said:
We, as a team, did not feel coach Hawkins was the best man for the job. Sport is all we care about, not the sexuality of our coach, players and those associated with our team. His personal life had zero to do with our team.
Funny, because the team had a record number of freshman recruits last year, according to Outsports.
The team’s faculty advisor, Karen Mitchell, suggested that perhaps Hawkins took his job a little too seriously:
He was just no longer compatible with a club sport. He’s made lacrosse his life. These guys aren’t going to be professional lacrosse players. Lacrosse is secondary to most of them, And he’s not happy with that.
Well if they’re not going to be professional, why even try to be good at all. In fact, why don’t we extend Mitchell’s logic and disband the entire team?