Rehire Troy Hill as Hampshire College's basketball coach

Rehire Troy Hill as Hampshire College's basketball coach

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This petition calls for the reinstatement of Troy Hill, a former basketball coach and OPRA employee at Hampshire College. For 25 years, Troy served as a loyal and irreplaceable member of the college staff; last spring, however, he found himself fired, a victim of mass layoffs. In addition to teaching the only strength, conditioning, and agility courses the school offered, he coached both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, with no assistance. To some in the school’s administration, he may seem like an "acceptable loss", but to his players, he is a mentor, role model, and friend. To many, he was simply "Coach", and he is the best coach they have ever had.

Troy would personally drive his players to their games in the northernmost reaches of Vermont, New York, and Maine, often driving up to five hours each way. When overnight stays were required, he would pay out of pocket to provide food for all of his players. He kept his players inspired and confident, never criticizing without construction, and maintained a supportive practice environment where players of any skill level always had something to learn. Hampshire athletics thrive on compassion and reciprocity, and Troy Hill’s kindness is critical to its success.

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