YUMA, Ariz. - The Gila Ridge High School teacher who won Yuma County's Teacher of the Year was dismissed from her positions as the softball and girls' basketball coach.
Reputable sources confirmed to News 11 Sports Wednesday evening that Jamie McGalliard was released of her coaching positions.
Several student-athletes and parents came out to Wednesday’s Yuma Union High School District board meeting to voice their support for McGalliard.
Jamie McGalliard, who received the Teacher of the Year award in April, was not present during the board meeting.
Students and parents spoke during the board meeting stating that McGalliard is innocent of the claims of allegations of “bullying and insubordination" made against her.
Supporters are instead pointing the finger at parents disgruntled with McGalliard.
"Coaches should not be held subject to a few parents come complaining because their children aren't made the stars. Their children aren't the focus of the team. Their children aren't the main deal. The children are part of the team," said Bobby McGalliard, McGalliard’s father.
YUHSD board president Phil Townsend said the organization cannot legally comment on this issue because of privacy laws.
"We do have to follow the law. When it comes to personnel issues, they generally are not a public discussion because we have to respect the privacy of the individual," Townsend said.
Alyssa Darby, a Gila Ridge High School senior, said,"How can someone who was just teacher of the year be demoted because some parents were not happy with the quality of playing time that they were getting from Coach Mac."