New Jersey High School Football Coach Fired After Alleging Racial Discrimination

Nick Strom, a football coach at a New Jersey high school, alleges he was fired because he had too many black players on his team.

Strom, who coaches football and golf and teaches history at Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, N.J., made the allegations after he learned he was placed on administrative leave as a teacher.

Strom told USA Today, “I think this from me not conforming with their viewpoints on what they want the student body and the football team to look like. I’ve tried to build this program into one that’s based on kids being of ability, high character and high grades. From day one, the administration told me they did not approve of the ratio of black to white students.”

Mary Whipkey, president of Camden Catholic High School, denied the allegations in an interview with the Courier-Post: “We are not that kind of environment and we take it very seriously when those accusations are made. This is a special community here. We embrace our diversity here. Those accusations are not true.”

The school defended its actions against Strom in a statement early Monday, saying: “We do not comment on personnel matters, but it has come to our attention that he has chosen to muddy the reasons for his dismissal with baseless accusations against the school and administration. Any concern about racism or racial insensitivity is taken seriously and investigated fully.”

Several students walked out of class to show support for Strom.

– Blair Halliday