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Riverside High Cross Country Coach Forced to Step Down after 30 years.

CHATTAROY, Wash. - After 30 years as the Riverside High School Cross Country Coach, Bill Kemp has been asked to step down. But the community is sending a clear message to the school board that they want their coach back.

There wasn't an empty chair at the Riverside School District Board meeting Thursday evening. Many went to voice their opinion, most asking the board to give Bill Kemp his job back.

Coach Kemp wrote in a letter to community members that Principal John McCoy took his coaching title away simply because he didn't attend a required coach's training meeting back on June 5th. Kemp wrote his reason for not going to the meeting is because he was home treating a foot that recently had major surgery and was on medication. He feels the Principals actions were too harsh.

The school district won't release their side of the story due to confidential personnel matters.

Austin Antles was one of Kemp's athletes who said he wants Coach Kemp back on the team, but realizes there are two sides to every story.

"You can never get the whole story when there's conflict, so you just got to try and hope that both sides are telling the truth," said Antles.

Board members went into a 15 minute executive session that turned into 50 minutes. They finally voted to allow Coach Kemp to discuss his future with the schools athletic director. Which means, for now, he's not the coach, but the decision leads people to believe the battle isn't over.

Kemp didn't want to comment on the vote, but had this to say afterward.

"I would really like to thank the Riverside community for their great support. It is so neat to be seeing all the old runners, hearing how well they've succeeded in their life and seeing the impact. A lot of coaches and teachers do make impact like that but it's really a testimonial."

Coach Kemp will keep his teaching position at Riverside High School. It's not certain yet whether or not he will continue coaching.

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