osted by Justin Springer on 5/17/2019, 12:16 pm, in reply to "Re: NIC"
The following letter was recently sent to a candidate who was offered the job for Head Wrestling Coach at North Idaho College. His name has been omitted and replaced with "candidate" to protect his privacy.
This demonstrates Al Williams’ desire to destroy North Idaho College’s most successful and storied athletic program. We as a community should demand Mr. Williams resignation. How can an athletic director make such statements with the backing of Graydon Stanley V.P. Of Student Services?
Thank you for sharing your comments, concerns, and conditions related to our offer for the North Idaho College Wrestling Head Coach position. Based upon your feedback, we have a significant difference in the perception and desired direction of our wrestling program, which is disappointing at this phase of our selection process.
As frequently mentioned in the interview process, winning wrestling national championships is not the priority of our athletics department or the college. Our goal is to provide leadership for the wrestling program that prioritizes student success and embraces the culture of a cohesive athletic department.
The salary terms that you are requesting would place the Wrestling Head Coach at the top of the salary scale in the department, above several long term experienced head coaches. We believe the salary recommended by our Human Resources department was fair based upon your experience and our comparable college salary range for coaches. Additionally, questions related to the retention of the current assistant coach and special conditions requested for wrestling camps also raised concerns. I thought that I was clear in our conversation prior to the finalist interviews that we had a competent assistant coach on staff that we planned to retain, unless he decided not to remain with the program. We eliminated the second wrestling coach position to balance inequities in staffing positions within the department. Thus, we are not interested in providing or fundraising for a second assistant coach.
As mentioned in our conversation related to wrestling camps, we have plans to review the operating procedures for all internal department team camps, with the intention of managing camp proceeds through the college business office. Accordingly, the college and the athletics department are not in a position to commit to guaranteed summer camp periods or guaranteed percentage of shared revenue with any coaches or programs at this time.
Candidate , we respect and appreciate your honesty and candor in expectations for the NIC Wrestling program. Presently, we are not in a position to agree to any of your desired negotiation requests and respectfully rescind our offer. We appreciate your time and interest and wish you the best of luck.
Sincerely, Al Williams Athletics Director North Idaho College 1000 W. Garden Avenue Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 (208) 665-5458 Office (208) 640-0390 Cell Cc Graydon Stanley