Frank Kelly’s dismissal at Kennedy Catholic has led to a firestorm among parents and returning players. Several top returning players have requested transcripts in recent days that would allow them to transfer to another school.
The parents have created an online petition requesting answers from the Kennedy Catholic administration and board of directors. As of Tuesday night, the petition had been signed by 235 people. Several parents have also requested meetings with school administrators both in person and by e-mail but none of their requests have been granted.
Kelly learned of his dismissal on Friday from outgoing athletic director Dave Concepcion, who is scheduled to retire after the school year to be replaced by another member of the faculty, Father Matthew Newcomb. Despite the sudden decision, Kelly coached the team on Friday night and Saturday at West Point’s team camp. Players had not been notified until Friday night.
The school has not formed an interview committee or named a replacement, but, according to several sources, girls basketball coach Al Morales is considered the leading candidate to replace Kelly. He coached the boys basketball team at Somers from 2004-07.