Greenfield community fights to save Nodaway Valley football coach from being fired

Greenfield community fights to save Nodaway Valley football coach from being fired

Some people in Adair County are fighting to save a football coach’s job. Nodaway Valley head coach Seth Comly has been placed on administrative leave. KCCI first learned of this when several communities reached out via email. These emails all focused on how shocked they were by this decision and how they didn’t think it was deserved. What they want is for their coach to come back. District Superintendent Paul Croghan confirmed Comly was relieved of his coaching duties on Friday. Comly, however, still has his job as a paraeducator. The superintendent declined to comment when asked if there was an internal investigation. Thad Tussy has been named interim head coach. “We were shocked,” said Mollie Comly, Seth Comly’s wife. “The community was shocked. The players were 100% shocked.” The feeling of shock is an emotion her sister-in-law, Amber Randol, highlighted on Tuesday. Randol’s son plays in the team. When she spoke to her son Friday on the phone, she said he was bawling. “I moved to the north side of the school to see a majority of our team walk out the distraught north doors with tears in their eyes, angry, angry, all the emotions were mixed,” Randol said. Randol says she had a meeting with the interim head coach and athletic director on Tuesday morning. “I was greeted with arms crossed and ‘I’m not allowed to talk about it’ and ‘it’s a personal matter’,” Randol said. Other people in the community also have their own questions. They just want answers and for Comly to be reinstated as head coach. “What I would like to see happen is for the community to support what football players want,” said community member Debbie Giem. “I have spoken to several, and it is quite obvious that they are very sad.” Mollie Comly says the team has become like a family, which is why they are fighting to get their coach back. “He loves football, but ultimately it makes young adults respectful, responsible and accountable so they can be the best person they can be,” Comly said.

Some people in Adair County are fighting to save a football coach’s job.

Nodaway Valley head coach Seth Comly has been placed on administrative leave. KCCI first learned of this when several communities reached out via email. These emails all focused on how shocked they were by this decision and how they didn’t think it was deserved. What they want is for their coach to come back.

District Superintendent Paul Croghan confirmed Comly was relieved of his coaching duties on Friday. Comly, however, still has his job as a paraeducator.

The superintendent declined to comment when asked if there was an internal investigation.

Thad Tussy has been named interim head coach.

“We were shocked,” said Mollie Comly, Seth Comly’s wife. “The community was shocked. The players were 100% shocked.”

The feeling of shock is an emotion her sister-in-law, Amber Randol, highlighted on Tuesday.

Randol’s son plays in the team. When she spoke to her son Friday on the phone, she said he was bawling.

“I moved to the north side of the school to see a majority of our team walk out the distraught north doors with tears in their eyes, angry, angry, all the emotions were mixed,” Randol said.

Randol says she had a meeting with the interim head coach and athletic director on Tuesday morning.

“I was greeted with arms crossed and ‘I’m not allowed to talk about it’ and ‘it’s a personal matter’,” Randol said.

Other members of the community also have their own questions. They just want answers and for Comly to be reinstated as head coach.

“What I would like to see happen is for the community to support what football players want,” said community member Debbie Giem. “I have spoken to several, and it is quite obvious that they are very sad.”

Mollie Comly says the team has become like a family, which is why they are fighting to get their coach back.

“He loves football, but in the end [he loves] it makes young adult players respectful, responsible and accountable so they can be the best person they can be,” Comly said.

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