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Incident leads to firing of Moses, Schimmel



TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: L.E. BASKOW - While serving as Franklin High girls basketball coaches in 2010, Ceci Moses (right) and Rick Schimmel watch the Quakers take on Jesuit.The parents of former Franklin High basketball standouts Shoni and Jude Schimmel have been fired as boys basketball coaches at Santa Fe Indian School in Albuquerque, N.M., after an incident during a Feb. 17 game at St. Michael’s.

Ceci Moses and her husband, Rick Schimmel, told the Albuquerque Journal they clashed with St. Michael’s athletic director Tom Manning during halftime, as their team took the court for warmups while a dance group from the home school was preparing its performance.

Schimmel said Manning told him: “Get off the court. This is not the damn reservation.”

Later, according to Schimmel’s statement to police and reported by the Journal, Manning shoved him. Manning told police Schimmel got “confrontational and got in his face.” Schimmel said Manning’s son, David, an athletic trainer at St. Michael’s, later confronted the Santa Fe team and “was yelling and cursing at him and the players.”

Santa Fe went on to win 63-62.

St. Michael’s released a statement, saying: “We agree with the Santa Fe Indian School that a verbal altercation between our athletic director, Tom Manning, and the basketball coaches at Santa Fe Indian School last week were (sic) regrettable and unfortunate. However, we vehemently deny the allegation of racial slurs used during the altercation, which are the antithesis of two of our five core values: Respect for all People and Inclusive Community.”

Santa Fe’s statement called it “a regrettable misunderstanding between the SFIS coaches and the St. Michael’s administration. The SFIS athletic department apologizes for contributing to the unsportsmanlike atmosphere.”

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