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Parents React to Firing of Assistant Basketball Coach



AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — Amherst High School parents are reacting after the school’s assistant basketball coach was fired for allegedly telling one of his players to run into the opposing coach.

It happened Monday night when Amherst was playing at South Hadley.

School officials say Amherst Assistant Coach, Eric Wheeler told one of his players to intentionally crash into South Hadley Coach, Jeff Guiel.

The Amherst player ran into Guiel twice, knocking him to the ground.

Wheeler was reportedly upset because Guiel was going too far outside the coach’s box.

One person we spoke to was at Monday’s game.

“What I did see was that the South Hadley coach was pretty close, right up to the elbow,” says Roy Johnson, an Amherst High Basketball parent.

Johnson went on to say, “It’s too bad that the refs maybe didn’t see what was happening because maybe they could of kept better control over that situation.”

The student is also facing disciplinary action.

Amherst school officials sent a letter today to South Hadley High School apologizing for the incident.

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