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Community wants answers after two Arthur Hill coaches let go

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Two Arthur Hill High School coaches have been let go.

Frustration was mixed with confusion at Saginaw's school board meeting on Tuesday night.

Jimmy Bell Jr., an Arthur Hill junior, said it is tough to comprehend why his coach and mentor was let go by the Saginaw Public School District.

"He's like a dad to me in my life," Jimmy said.

Just last week, longtime Arthur Hill boys' varsity basketball coach Greg McMath was told his services were no longer needed.

"Definitely don't want to lose a guy like Greg McMath who has so much of an impact on everyone," said Jason Holder, assistant varsity basketball coach.

McMath's firing came a week after the district fired Alton Sanders, the varsity girls' basketball coach.

Sanders said the reason the district gave him for cutting him loose was there was a complaint he was recruiting girls to be on his team. He denied that accusation.

"I just feel like they're taking a knife and sticking it to me as tight as they can. With no explanation of why. They know I'm not doing it," Sanders said.

McMath was not at Tuesday's meeting.

His son Greg Lawson said like Sanders, his dad is also being unfairly targeted.

"His character has definitely been tampered with with this. But when everything comes out I think everybody will understand the truth and everybody will get to the bottom of what's really going on," Lawson said.

Neither the board nor the administration would elaborate the reason the two coaches were fired.

Board President Rudy Patterson said the decision was made by the administration and the board is still getting all of the details. The administration said it can't discuss personnel matters.

In his 15-year career at Arthur Hill McMath led the team to a state championship in 2006 and a runner-up finish in 2015.

This season the team finished 17 and six, losing to Saginaw High in the district tournament.

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