Update: Gannon sent a letter to The Journal News regarding her replacement as coach. Below are excerpts from that letter:
- “I was humbled to see how many players, parents, family and coaches over these past few days who have taken the time to write, call/text, or try to visit me. I apologize for being too upset to take some of those calls and visits. I guess you never know how many people you have affected until something like this happens. The people are why I have stayed for 19 years, it’s not the awards, trophies or accolades, and it’s the people that I have met along this journey who have made it worth doing.”
- “When I was called into the Central Office on Wednesday and told that it was a courtesy meeting to tell me this news, after 19 years of loyalty, and dedication to the school district and in particular to the athletic department, it was a shock. I am heartbroken, but I guess when you are told this in a 1-2 minute conversation, that is to be expected. I have to say that I will remember the words that were told to me that day, for a very long time, but it’s the words that were not said that I will remember forever.”
- Thank you to the coaches that I have worked with, and played against. Some of which will continue being close friends. To whoever takes over this program, please be assured that I am reluctantly handing over these reins, so be aware that I am handing over a family, both literally and figuratively. Please continue the traditions, and excellence that have been laid out for many years to come”
Mamaroneck coach John Savage alerted The Journal News that Gannon (shown right in 2010) was being replaced and Gannon confirmed the news via telephone.
Gannon declined to comment but confirmed that she met with Ramapo Central school district administrators Wednesday and was told that two other teachers applied for the field hockey coaching job and that the district would “go in another direction.”
Gannon, who does not teach in the district, has been instrumental in managing youth field hockey programs in Rockland County and led the Mounties to the first ever Section 1 field hockey title for a Rockland county school this year with an upset over Mamaroneck.
“I am so torn up that this fine young lady (has been replaced) after 19 years of developing the program and pee-wee programs and being a stalwart in the community,” Savage said.
Area coaches are contracted on a yearly basis and must be approved by the school board.
“Most athletic directors would say, ‘well, this lady has 19 years of experience,” Savage said. “Unless the two people (that applied for the job) have 19 years experience, I think this is a travesty. I’m going to talk to fellow coaches.”
Phone calls to both Suffern’s AD and associate AD have not been returned to The Journal News.
Please check back for further updates.