SPRINGFIELD — An emotional Gov. Pat Quinn lashed out today at his alma mater, Fenwick High School, for firing his brother as boys basketball coach.
"He's a kind and gentle man who understands the importance of sportsmanship, and I feel that my high school has lost its soul," Quinn said. "It's a devastating blow to my brother, John, and I think the administration there has let down the students, the alumni and shame on them."
The governor, speaking slowly and carefully, hailed his brother, John Quinn, for being an award-winning "Golden Apple" teacher and a Hall of Fame coach with 469 victories.
"He is a coach who understands that the most important part of being a coach in a high school is to educate those who are under your command," Quinn said.
Asked why John Quinn was dismissed, the high school in Oak Park released a statement.
"Fenwick High School has decided to make a change in its basketball program. As a result, John Quinn will no longer be the head basketball coach. He will, however, continue his duties as a valued member of the Fenwick faculty," said Scott Thies, the school's athletic director.
"John has served as head coach for Fenwick basketball for 28 years since 1985. He has made many contributions to the program and we thank him for his many years of dedication and service to the Fenwick basketball program."
The governor made the remarks in front of the Capitol, where he had just spoken to hundreds of students wearing Future Farmers of America jackets on a day where they are visiting lawmakers.