In a surprising move, the Deptford Board of Education has decided not to rehire Chris Crowley as the Deptford High School football coach.
Crowley was Deptford's coach for the previous three seasons. He is a teacher at Deptford.
The timing of the move was highly unusual as it leaves Deptford without a football coach on the brink of summer workouts and with the official start of practice for the 2017 season a little more than two months away.
Also, Crowley's dismissal from the position was contrary to the recommendation of Deptford High School administrators, who had recommended that Crowley be re-hired.
Deptford athletic director Maureen Bilda on Wednesday confirmed that Crowley will not be re-hired as football coach but referred all additional comment to Deptford superintendent Dr. Charles Ford.
Ford had not returned a telephone call seeking comment as of Wednesday afternoon.
Crowley confirmed via text that he will not be re-hired and expressed thanks to his supporters and best wishes to his former players.
"I appreciate all the support from the Spartan family," Crowley said via text. "Most of all I would like to wish the players the best of luck and success moving forward."
Crowley's teams were 9-21 in his three seasons at Deptford. The Spartans were 4-6 last season, beating Glassboro 23-18 in the annual Thanksgiving game.
In four seasons at Woodrow Wilson from 2008-11, Crowley's teams went 21-20 including a 7-4 mark and division title in 2011.
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